Tag archives: M&A

Legal update: common interest privilege in commercial transactions

On March 6, 2018, the Federal Court of Appeal reversed the decision of the Federal Court of Canada in Iggillis Holdings Inc v Canada (National Revenue). As we discussed in a previous post, the trial court decision in Iggillis Holdings had called into question the availability of common interest privilege in commercial transactions. The trial … Continue reading

Inherited liability under a workers’ compensation system: a surprise to avoid

Canadian provinces and territories all administer some form of a workers’ compensation system within their jurisdiction. Funded by employer-paid premiums, these no-fault insurance systems provide wage replacement and medical benefits to injured employees who relinquish their right to sue their employer for losses arising from their injuries. In Ontario, for example, the relevant legislation is … Continue reading

Working capital adjustments: lessons from De Santis and Iacobucci v Doublesee Enterprises Inc.

In complex M&A transactions, there could be a significant delay between the initial valuation of a target company and the closing of the deal. As we explained in our previous article, “Net working capital adjustments: what’s the deal?”, parties can protect themselves against fluctuations in value during this period by negotiating purchase price adjustments (PPAs). … Continue reading

Investor confidence, disruption risk and US tax reform will continue to spur M&A activity

JP Morgan recently released its 2018 Global M&A Outlook report, predicting that 1) investor confidence from solid GDP growth, 2) disruption risk from technological change, and 3) opportunities from the passing of the US tax reform will drive significant M&A activity in the year ahead. Investor confidence In 2017, nine out of ten equity sectors … Continue reading

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

Federal government creates new Ombudsperson to oversee corporate activity abroad

On January 17, 2018, the federal government announced two new initiatives relating to the oversight of Canadian companies doing business abroad. The first initiative is the creation of an independent Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE). The mandate of the CORE will be to investigate allegations of human rights abuses linked to Canadian corporate activity … 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

Why have a document retention policy?

The current digital age has made it easier for companies to retain an enormous volume of documents – significantly more than a company could have afforded to keep before the advent of electronic record-keeping. In response, companies have sought to upgrade their IT systems to digitize their paper records and to allow for increased storage. … Continue reading

Taxation of cryptocurrency: unchartered territory and treacherous waters

With the recent market uproar for blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, the tax question is becoming more and more pertinent. Whether one is trading in cryptocurrency, issuing it in an effort to raise capital, hanging onto it as a long term investment, mining it or using it to access software apps, numerous questions arise. Answering these … Continue reading

Distressed debt investing: the basics

Whether it’s the tightening of the credit markets, a regulatory shift, margin erosion due to influx of competition, or structural changes such as in the retail industry as of late: there are plenty of reasons that get companies into deep water and create opportunities for distressed debt investing in Canada. The more difficult question is … 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, … 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 … Continue reading

Cannabis: a budding Canadian industry

Last week, we covered EY’s recently released report (the Report) surveying the bourgeoning cannabis sector in Canada. The impending legalization of cannabis has weighty implications for the Canadian economy, but may also impact the global markets more broadly. Capital markets, the jobs market, mergers and acquisitions activity and intellectual property, among others, stand to be … Continue reading

Keeping real estate on trend with RealTech

The impact of technology can be felt across virtually all sectors of the economy and real estate is no exception. In fact, technology affects all aspects of real estate from its procurement and development to its management and use. Real estate-specific technology is often aptly referred to as “RealTech”. Explaining RealTech The KPMG White Paper, … Continue reading

How are market participants dealing with the retirement of Libor?

Earlier this year I wrote about the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) announcement in July of its plan to phase-out the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor), the interest rate benchmark used to set payments on more than $350 trillion in financial contracts such interest-rate derivatives, corporate bonds, mortgage loans and more. The FCA’s intention is to … Continue reading

Canadian M&A activity stays hot, more in store

According to a recently published PwC report (the Report), Canadian mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity is booming. We recently reported that Canadian-backed equity financing activity in emerging venture capital companies is thriving. Moreover, both funding and deal volume among Canadian artificial intelligence companies have attained record heights in 2017. However, Canadian companies more broadly appear to … Continue reading

Legal update: the Reducing Regulatory Costs for Business Act

On November 14, 2017 the Reducing Regulatory Costs for Business Act, 2017 received royal assent. While the Act is not yet in force, the new statute implements a number of initiatives designed to ensure that interactions with the provincial government are efficient and straightforward and to reduce the regulatory costs of doing business in Ontario. … Continue reading

Part 3: Sandbagging in M&A – sandbagging around the world

In the past two weeks we have provided an overview of sandbagging in M&A transactions and discussed strategies that can be used when negotiating this clause. We also provided a brief overview of the consequences of remaining silent with respect to sandbagging. This week we will discuss how sandbagging clauses are used in several jurisdictions around the world. … Continue reading

Deal failure: possible causes and how to prevent it

While most M&A transactions start off hopeful, not all are destined for completion. Each year, a sizable number of deals are abandoned – and that number appears to be rising. A recent study published by the M&A Research Centre at the University of London’s Cass Business School and enterprise data management firm Intralinks (the Study) … Continue reading
LexBlog