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2018 merger review thresholds for Competition Act and Investment Canada Act

The threshold for certain pre-closing net benefit reviews under the Investment Canada Act (ICA) and the threshold for a pre-closing merger notification under the Competition Act have been increased for 2018. Competition Act Canada uses a two-part test for determining whether a pre-merger notification is necessary. The two-part test is based on the size of the parties and the … Continue reading

Investment Canada Act update: new thresholds and national security in the news

Threshold now $1 billion As a result of recent amendments, most direct acquisitions of control of a Canadian company now only require prior approval of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development under the Investment Canada Act if the enterprise value of the Canadian business exceeds $1 billion.  That is expected to reduce the … Continue reading

National security guidelines shed light on Investment Canada review process

On December 19, 2016, the Government of Canada issued long-sought guidelines to help foreign investors and their advisors understand the national security review process under the Investment Canada Act (ICA). Following amendments to the ICA in 2009 the government has had the explicit authority to review investments in Canadian businesses by non-Canadians to determine whether … Continue reading

2015 reform of Investment Canada Act now paying dividends in form of inward foreign direct investment

As we await Q3 statistics on Canada’s inward and outward foreign direct investment (FDI), the rebounding numbers in Q1 and Q2 have represented a step in the right direction. FDI is a macroscopic measure of private investment (in contrast to portfolio investment) and includes among other types of investment, mergers and acquisitions. The rebounding comes … Continue reading

New merger review thresholds for Competition Act and Investment Canada Act

The threshold for a pre-closing net benefit review under the Investment Canada Act and the threshold for a pre-closing merger notification under the Competition Act have been increased for 2015. Investment Canada Act The direct acquisition of control of a Canadian business by a non-Canadian from a WTO-member country is subject to pre-closing review and … Continue reading

Doing business in Canada: M&A considerations

Canada is a top destination for foreign companies and investors attracted to our wealth of natural resources, stable and sound political and financial systems, and world-class infrastructure. While Canada is an open economy and welcoming of foreign investment, there are issues that corporations and investors should keep in mind when doing business in Canada. Norton … Continue reading

Canada blocks telecom deal for national security reasons

The Canadian government has used the Investment Canada Act to block the proposed acquisition of the Allstream division of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. by Accelero Capital Holdings for national security reasons.  On October 7, 2013, the Minister of Industry, James Moore, issued a brief statement in which he noted: MTS Allstream operates a national fibre optic network that provides critical telecommunications … Continue reading

Doing business in Canada – Competition and foreign investment laws

The federal Competition Act sets out a framework to promote and maintain fair competition and applies to Canadians and non-Canadians alike. The chapter on Competition and Foreign Investment Laws (pdf 186kb) in our guide to Doing business in Canada addresses sections of the Competition Act relevant to an acquirer of an existing Canadian business, and also speaks … Continue reading

Amendments to Investment Canada Act intended to increase transparency

On April 27, 2012, the federal government announced it would amend the Investment Canada Act to allow the Minister of Industry greater flexibility in explaining why a proposed foreign takeover of a Canadian business raises preliminary concerns.  The amendments, contained in the government’s annual budget bill, will also empower the Minister to accept offers of security … Continue reading
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