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Beware the zombie invasion (stock exchange edition)

On September 18, Deloitte released a new report which outlines a roadmap for the competitive business climate in Canada. Included in the report is a warning that “Canada may have a zombie problem.” Luckily, Deloitte isn’t raising concern about hordes of flesh-eating undead, but rather the relatively large number of “zombie companies” that exist on … Continue reading

Top M&A attractions in 2018: technology assets and international markets

According to Deloitte’s latest M&A trends report, corporations and private equity (PE) firms expect to see an acceleration of M&A activity in 2018, both in volume and size of deals, and with particular interest in technology assets and international markets. Key Findings After surveying more than 1,000 executives at corporations and PE firms on their … Continue reading

Due diligence and risk mitigation in cross-border deals

As discussed in an earlier post, cross-border M&A deals are on the rise. Most businesses today are looking to unlock value from technology, emerging markets are flourishing and pursuing global investment opportunities and barriers to information have diminished. These are all factors giving rise to cross-border deals. Transaction risk in cross-border deals Cross-border deals come … Continue reading

Like fine wine, does M&A activity get better with age?

Canada’s population is aging quite rapidly. Statistics Canada reported that in 2016, the proportion of seniors representing the total Canadian population surpassed that of children. Furthermore, since 2011, there has been a rapid increase in the number of Canadians over 65 years of age and leaving the workforce. As explored in a previous blog post, … Continue reading

Blockchain technology: an imminent driver of investment and M&A

Blockchain technology has been making headlines since it emerged in 2009 in connection with the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. We’ve covered the potential use of Bitcoin in M&A transactions in previous articles in 2016 and 2014. As discussed in these articles, the volatility and lack of central authority has so far meant that the cryptocurrency plays a … Continue reading

Canada punches above its weight-class in cross-border deals and works on attracting greenfield and other private investment

Over the past few months, the Canadian government has been working to establish a source of financing for several infrastructure projects across the country. These projects include public transit initiatives, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, and smaller tailored projects for our rural and northern communities. What makes this interesting is how Canada is sourcing the money. … Continue reading

M&A trends for 2017: Canada a likely target

According to a year-end report on M&A Trends published by Deloitte, corporate and private equity executives surveyed in the last quarter of 2016 anticipated significant M&A activity in 2017. Indeed, three quarters of survey respondents expect deal activity to increase in 2017 relative to 2016, and almost 65% expect deal size to increase. Aside from … Continue reading

Optimistic M&A outlook for 2017

As we begin 2017, the 1,000 corporate and private equity executives surveyed for Deloitte’s M&A Trends Year-end report 2016 display optimism for the coming year. The survey was conducted in September 2016 and included participants from companies or private equity firms with annual revenues of $10 million or more, representing 18 industries. Respondents expect a … Continue reading

Artificial intelligence M&A: the new gold rush

While many people are still in shock after discovering that there is actually no human controlling the steering wheel in autonomous cars, tech companies, including Google, IBM, Yahoo, Intel and Apple, have found themselves in the middle of a gold rush for artificial intelligence (AI) companies. According to recent research by CB Insights, around 140 … Continue reading

Merging of digital and physical worlds: impact on M&A in non-digital industries

Strategy& of PwC published Mergercast “Digital Deals – A New Frontier” (Episode 56) in July 2016, which discusses the growing rationale for digital deal-making and post-deal challenges. Particularly, this podcast identifies that digital deals accounted for nearly 32% of all transactions in 2015, up by 20% since 2011, indicating the growing appetite for digital M&A. … Continue reading

Discipline: a key deal factor for mid-market companies

Earlier this year, we reviewed Deloitte and Touche LLP’s (Deloitte) 2016 survey of M&A trends (the Survey), which predicted that the year would match or exceed deal volume as compared to 2015. Deloitte recently published an article (the Article) which delves deeper into its Survey results from mid-sized companies, concluding that this demographic of the … Continue reading

Trending topics for banks

Gone are the days when the focus areas for banks were largely M&A and growth. In addition to ever increasing regulatory and compliance obligations, banks are grappling with new technologies and innovations that affect the way in which banks interact with consumers. Payment technologies continue to advance, with improvements in the security of contactless payments … Continue reading

Momentum of global M&A strong into Q1 2015

Global M&A activity continued its surge in Q1 2015, marking another quarterly increase in deal volume on a trailing twelve month basis, continuing a streak of consecutive increases that began in the first quarter of 2014. The data, published by Deloitte in its M&A Index H1 2015, also measured a $20 billion increase in deal … Continue reading

Technology M&A in 2014: 10 issues to consider (Part II)

Earlier this month, we posted the first instalment in our two-part series summarizing Deloitte’s Technology M&A Report which outlines the top ten considerations for tech and other companies to keep in mind when using M&A to fuel development and growth. Our earlier post considered the top 5 issues identified by Deloitte, and this post will … Continue reading

Technology M&A in 2014: 10 issues to consider (Part I)

Deloitte recently published a report called Top 10 Issues for Technology M&A in 2014 describing 10 issues that companies in the tech sector should consider when developing their 2014 M&A strategies. This post is the first of a two-part series and will cover the first 5 issues to consider: volume and valuation; focus on growth; … Continue reading

M&A activity strong in the luxury goods sector

Deloitte recently released its first annual Global Powers of Luxury Goods report (the Report). The Report, which focuses on designer apparel (ready-to-wear), handbags and accessories, fine jewelry and watches, and cosmetics and fragrances, looks at the top 75 luxury goods companies – a mix of both public and private players. Deloitte reports that mergers and … Continue reading
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