Tag archives: M&A

Speed matters: four tactical approaches to speeding up divestitures and maximizing value

With pressure to increase shareholder value from low productivity assets, many companies are exploring the idea of divestures. Yet, a recent article by McKinsey & Company suggests that only 29 percent of divestitures achieve win-win scenarios, whereby both the parent company and divested business achieve excess total returns to shareholders (TRS) following the separation. What … Continue reading

Pension plan considerations in the M&A context

In any acquisition, whether for shares or assets, employee benefits and obligations must be taken into account. One of the potentially most onerous obligations includes the provision of pension benefits to employees – this makes it all the more important for companies contemplating acquisitions to consider potential employee pension plan implications. In a share purchase … Continue reading

Increased M&A activity predicted as insurance industry evolves

The insurance industry is an evolving landscape. The emergence of new technologies and increased competition has created pressure to innovate while casting doubt on the viability of focusing on strategies emphasizing organic growth. These factors may drive an increase in M&A activity in the insurance industry, according to a report from KPMG International. The report, … Continue reading

Shareholder responsibility over auditor tenure

Concerns about the term or length of auditor tenure have returned to relevance following the recent fall of industry giants, providing good reason for Canadian companies to reconsider their audit and governance practices. In 2016, the European Union implemented mandatory rotations of audit firms for public companies, which was similarly considered, though rejected, in the United … Continue reading

Will Canada soon be a global leader in the cannabis space?

Recently, the Cannabis Act was granted Royal Assent, resulting in the official passing of the legislation for legalizing cannabis in Canada. The Act is expected to be in force as of October 17, 2018. The Canadian government’s decision to legalize recreational marijuana may significantly impact capital markets and M&A deals. The decision to legalize recreational marijuana … Continue reading

Evaluating the risks of open source software in M&A transactions

Open source software (OSS) has emerged as a significant market disruptor in recent years. OSS serves as an alternative to commercial software licensing wherein the licensee does not need to pay for the license. This tends to make it particularly attractive to start-ups attempting to keep their costs down. However, the free use of the … Continue reading

Competition Bureau opens consultation on revised immunity and leniency programs

Last month, the Competition Bureau issued its revised immunity and leniency programs for public consultation (open until June 29), an important development as it represents the culmination of a process that began in 2015. An initial draft of the immunity program, published last fall, was subject to public consultation and the Bureau made further revisions … Continue reading

M&A activity in Canada’s upstream oil and gas sector remains slow in 2018

Following our update during the last quarter of 2016, M&A activity in Canada’s upstream oil and gas sector continued to decline in 2017 and has remained slow during the first quarter of 2018. Globally, there was a strong start to 2017 followed by a significant decline, in terms of both deal count and overall deal … Continue reading

Competition Act Merger Filing Fees Increases to $72,000

Effective May 1, 2018, merging parties will need to dig deeper to cover the fee that must be paid when filing a pre-merger notification or seeking an advance ruling certificate under the Competition Act. The fee is jumping from $50,000 to $72,000. In justifying the increase, the Competition Bureau argues that the fee has not … Continue reading

Look to the future: a tip for analyzing corporate culture in an era of evolving shareholder activism

2018 promises to be a year in which corporate culture will likely become an even more important focal point for investors and activists. There’s no denying that social media has drastically altered the dynamic for public companies. Today, shareholders are increasingly calling upon corporations to take public stances on various social (and sometimes political) issues, … Continue reading

The tech takeover: disruptive technology as a driver of M&A

A relentless parade of new technologies is unfolding on many fronts – one of which includes the M&A scene. While not every emerging technology will alter a business’ landscape, certain technologies have the potential to disrupt the status quo, alter the way companies operate and rearrange value pools. These “disruptive technologies” can quickly displace established … Continue reading

Regulatory reform signals potential spike in M&A activity involving US financial institutions

On March 14, 2018, the US Senate voted (67-31) to advance S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (the Bill). The Bill, which will only become law with approval from the House and Congress, marks an unprecedented, bipartisan compromise to ease banking rules enacted following the 2008-09 financial crisis. If enacted, there may soon … Continue reading

U.S. banking M&A on the rise and may extend to Canadian financial market

According to a recent article published by Pitchbook, this year has already shown a positive momentum for deal-making in the U.S. banking industry – a trend worth monitoring as it is expected to surge further as the year progresses and U.S. banks (especially those that already have a Canadian presence) may be looking to acquire … Continue reading

Offer of continued employment with buyer does not absolve seller from liability in M&A transactions

A recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Dussault v Imperial Oil Limited, 2018 ONSC 1168 (Dussault), provides a cautionary tale to selling parties in an M&A transaction who intend to limit liability for wrongful dismissal by negotiating for its employees’ continued employment with the buyer. The Dussault decision illustrates that even when … Continue reading
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