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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 the first year-over-year decline in total deal value since 2012-2013. Despite this decline, 2017 stands as one only five years since 1995 when deal value exceeded $200 billion, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Outward bound M&A activity was down … 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, “The Future of RealTech – Real Estate Technology: Threat or Opportunity?” defines RealTech as “technologies that impact the built environment and the real estate sector, either through business model innovation or product innovation, affecting the way we live, work and play”. The UK company, PoperteeContinue Reading

Will tax reform affect recent spending trends of U.S. companies?

This year’s Wall Street Journal CEO Council Meeting was held from November 13th to 14th. At the meeting, which included discussions of critical issues such as artificial intelligence, cyber security and foreign markets, Gary Cohn, the White House economic advisor, asked the CEOs in attendance whether they believed the proposed reduction in taxes would encourage them to spend more. In response, few CEOs answered in the affirmative. This response is likely representative of the fact that the existing tax rates have not deterred companies from investing. In fact, companies are spending more than before. So far, … Continue Reading

M&A in 2014: the year in review

Global M&A hits 7-year high

Reuters has recently reported that the value of all mergers and acquisitions worldwide in 2014 was at the highest annual value since 2007, owing to large deals that closed in several key industries, including telecommunications, healthcare and consumer goods and services. As at December 11, the deal volume was $3.27 trillion USD, up more than 40% from last year. Reuters notes that the deals were led largely by “cautious company boards, using shares rather than debt to fund purchases.”

M&A in Canada

The Financial Post reported that Canadian businesses were involved in combined M&A transactions … Continue Reading

Social media part 3: leveraging social media data analytics to improve M&A

Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+,Tumblr, Slideshare…

The catalogue of popular social networking sites continues to grow as more and more consumers – both individual and corporate – sign-up by the millions.

But how can social media be used to bolster M&A?

In addition to the fairly obvious answer that social media can be used as an effective promotional and marketing tool, as noted in Part 2 of our series on social media, technology-driven analytics are quickly becoming a hallmark of companies’ M&A deal-making processes insofar as they facilitate pattern recognition and trend analysis. While this benefit is not … Continue Reading

Social media part 2: the proof is in the data analytics

Part 1 of our series on social media looked at how new technologies have started infiltrating the M&A landscape. But the question we aim to answer here is: to what end?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal considered just that, noting that new technologies – and specifically data analytic technologies – can be used at various stages throughout the M&A lifecycle as a means of bolstering deal analysis and business forecasting.

While their processes can take many forms, data analytics effectively afford companies an advanced means of aggregating, synthesizing and modeling complex information with a view to revealing … Continue Reading

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