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Ripples of #MeToo in the M&A world: examining the “Weinstein Clause”

A recent report Bloomberg indicates the increasing relevance of buyers staying away from a “#MeToo company” in M&A transactions – i.e., a company facing sexual misconduct allegations. This does not suggest that buyers are staying away. Instead, buyers are developing novel ways of addressing the risk brought upon by a “#MeToo company.”

The first method that has seen increased prominence is by incorporation of a legal representation in the M&A agreement, requiring the target company to reveal allegations of sexual harassment. Known as a “Weinstein Clause” (also referred to as a “#MeToo rep”), this representation, which ultimately hinges on a … Continue Reading

Crypto update: January crash, securitized tokens and threats to traditional VC

Bloodbath in the CryptoMarket

For the past three years in January, Bitcoin experienced significant price corrections. This year is no different – except for its magnitude. Likely exacerbated by an influx of new investors and a spike in actively traded altcoins, Bitcoin depreciated by almost 50% from its all-time high in mid-December.

According to CoinMarketCap, the total market value of cryptocurrencies nosedived from USD $832 billion on January 7, 2018 to USD $450 billion on January 17, 2018, erasing USD $360 billion in value.

The price of the two other largest cryptocurrencies, namely, Ethereum and Ripple, dipped as much as … Continue Reading

Signs of optimism for mining, oil-and-gas M&A activity in 2018

Overall merger and acquisition deal value involving Canadian companies totalled $216.3 billion in 2017, which was approximately 14% lower than the $251.88 billion seen in 2016, which was a decade-high level. The fall in overall value was primarily caused by a 25% decline in energy deals, according to a report in Bloomberg, which resulted in the first year-over-year decline in total deal value since 2012-2013. Despite this decline, 2017 stands as one only five years since 1995 when deal value exceeded $200 billion, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Outward bound M&A activity was down … Continue Reading

Cross border M&A in 2017

Following the surge of mergers and acquisitions in the final quarter of 2016, many attempted to predict whether 2017 would follow suit. For instance, the Financial Times anticipated that the increase in mergers and acquisitions would carry into 2017. Similarly, JP Morgan forecasted that companies would adapt and cross-border deals would continue to surge, despite political changes and uncertainty, such as the Brexit referendum and the change in administration in the United States. In fact (and as predicted), the growth of cross-border transactions has been significant. Bloomberg Law reported that in 2017 thus far, there has been a total of … Continue Reading

Canadian M&A activity at 10-year high due to oil-sands sell-off

The value of Canadian M&A activity in the first half of 2017 was the highest in a decade, according to a recent report from Bloomberg. The approximately $132 billion in total transaction value is the highest since the first half of 2007, when approximately $156.6 billion in transactions were completed.

According to the report, one of the most significant drivers of deal value was a sell-off of Canadian oil sands investments by foreign energy companies in the wake of declining prices for crude on global markets. Recent examples of such transactions include Royal Dutch Shell’s divestment of its interests … Continue Reading

Chinese capital controls shake-up global M&A market

In late 2016, the Chinese State Council announced new capital controls were to be put in place as of January 1, 2017, with the aim of reducing the outflow of currency from China. These new measures are seen as likely to have significant impacts on industries around the globe, such as housing markets and insurance, as well as the broader market for international mergers and acquisitions (M&A) by initiated by Chinese companies around the world.

Crackdown on money laundering

One of the principal aims of the regulations appears to be a crackdown on money laundering through the purchase … Continue Reading

Weak loonie, no problem for Canadian institutional investors

2015 was not the kindest to the Canadian dollar as it saw its value depreciate by 15% when compared with the U.S. dollar. Despite the weakening Canadian dollar, Canadian companies remained undeterred in their pursuit of foreign acquisitions. According to a recent Bloomberg study, in 2015, Canadian companies acquired $205 billion worth of assets, almost triple the prior year’s amount and almost double the previous peak of $112 billion in 2007.

Canadian institutional investors have been the primary driver of this activity. As a result of volatile market conditions and slow domestic growth, Canadian pension funds have sought to … Continue Reading

Numbers show healthy growth in M&A activity in Q3 2014

Global M&A is strong

In its recently released Mergers & Acquisitions Review for Q3 of 2014, Thomson Reuters proclaims this year’s first three quarters to be the “strongest first nine months for worldwide deal making since 2007.”

The volume of global M&A activity since the beginning of the year surpassed the volume for the same period in 2013 by nearly 60%. Despite a 22% decrease in deal volume compared with Q2, the value of Q3 M&A deals was $888 billion, making it still the highest third quarter in seven years, according to Bloomberg’sGlobal M&A Market Review Financial Rankings, … Continue Reading

CETA may be good for business in M&A

Earlier this month, Canada and the European Union unveiled the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a trade initiative designed to benefit Canadians — from individual workers and consumers to large scale corporations — by way of eliminating tariffs for Canadian goods entering the EU market and facilitating secure and preferential market access by Canadian service suppliers in the EU.

While CETA will not be in place until 2015, it will undoubtedly have widespread implications for most sectors of the Canadian economy. The EU is Canada’s second largest trading partner behind the United States, and it is believed that the … Continue Reading

A marked decline in mining M&A

A recent article published by Bloomberg explains that the recent plunge in commodities prices has forced many big players in the mining industry to cut back on their spending: copper and zinc have decreased in the midst of speculation of an economic slowdown in China, and gold has plunged 24 percent, placing it on course for its first annual decline in over a decade.

With major mining companies focused on reducing debt and improving their balance sheets, mining M&A valued under $1 billion has fallen to an eight-year low.

Bloomberg data reveals that there were only 76 takeovers of mining … Continue Reading

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