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M&A Opportunities in the COVID-19 Digital Transformation

While the COVID-19 pandemic initially had a general chilling effect on merger and acquisition (“M&A”) activity, we have seen an increase in M&A activity recently, particularly as industries rapidly adapt to the new environment and consider opportunities. Both consumer preferences and business models have been forced to change quickly due to the circumstances of the pandemic. This period of transformation provides opportunity for those investors and businesses who are able to efficiently adapt and take advantage of the new trends.

Increased Demand for At-Home Services:

The pandemic has transformed consumer preferences which has created tremendous potential for certain … Continue Reading

What’s trending: M&A in the luxury fashion retail industry

The luxury fashion retail industry is no stranger to change, but recent notable mergers & acquisitions (M&A) have further shaped the industry’s landscape as certain luxury brands are looking to expand. A number of factors have encouraged luxury fashion houses to merge. As we mentioned in an earlier article, e-commerce has greatly affected the bottom lines of brick-and-mortar stores. As more consumers are shopping online, the sales of brick-and-mortar retailers have diminished. In fact, there has been a noticeable decrease in the number of consumers who shop at North American malls and department stores. Another factor that … Continue Reading

Real estate M&A: what’s retail got to do with it?

So far this year, global merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the real estate sector has reached new heights. In fact, Dealogic reports that as of the third quarter of 2017, the volume of real estate M&A, globally, was the second highest on record. While a variety of factors can account for this trend, one in particular is the changing retail sector.

Real estate companies with operations in the retail sector are trading at notable discounts, thereby enhancing their appeal as targets for M&A activity.

Across the United States and to a more limited extent, Canada,  there … Continue Reading

Rising retail bankruptcies present ample opportunity for distressed investors

The recent giant retail bankruptcy filings by Toys ‘R’ Us and Sears Canada are not standalone cases in the retail sector. According to the recent Quarterly Report Of Business Bankruptcy Filings, in 2016, the United States experienced a year-on-year increase of 26% in the number of retail company bankruptcy filings. The sector generated 15.77% of all bankruptcies in 2017 year-to-date south of the border while the Sears Canada liquidation is making headlines in Canada.

The reasons for the bust of the traditional retail industry are plentiful. For one, the pressure from online retail platforms like Amazon, which is growing … Continue Reading

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