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M&A: the automotive industry’s new fuel?

Automotive technologies are evolving rapidly and impacting not only drivers’ automotive experiences but also, the automotive industry more broadly. From assistive technologies like bicycle sensors and back-up cameras to self-driving technologies, it appears that technological innovation will be critical in order for automotive companies to maintain their relevance and competitive edge in the marketplace. However, … Continue reading

M&A in Canada: industry revenue and profits

Expanding growth in nearly all sectors Norton Rose Fulbright focuses its services on 6 key industry sectors and, according to a study released recently by the Globe and Mail on Canadian corporations, almost all of these sectors have seen an expansion in revenue and most have seen growth in profits during the period from 2011 to … Continue reading

Statistics Canada announcement fuels interest rate speculation

Statistics Canada’s June 30, 2015 announcement regarding the nation’s economic results for the month of April, measured in terms of national Gross Domestic Product, has many bankers and financial institutions predicting another Bank of Canada interest rate cut sometime during 2015. Although real GDP fell by only 0.1% in April, the decrease marks a fourth … Continue reading

Significant M&A activity reported in the aviation sector in Q1 2015

ICF International has released its seventh edition of Aviation and Aerospace M&A Quarterly – a publication highlighting merger and acquisition deals and trends in the aircraft, airlines, and aerospace sectors. This most recent publication focuses on the first quarter of 2015, reporting strong activity through significant investments in these sectors across the world in North … Continue reading

Acquisitions of freight carriers and other commercial vehicle operators: the road to regulatory compliance

Transport by road is a major and developed industry in Canada and the United States. The acquisition of a freight carrier – a commercial vehicle operator – may trigger varying levels of regulatory registration and compliance requirements, depending on how the transaction is structured. The same concerns will often arise in acquisitions of entities that … Continue reading

Hot market report: M&A potential for auto dealerships

In their Q3 2014 Capital Markets Flash, PriceWaterhouseCooper (PwC) reports that “[t]here’s a lot of positivity within the Canadian auto dealership industry, which should come as no surprise given record sales that were almost unimaginable a few short years ago.” Since PwC’s Q3 update, the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association (CADA) published the industry’s October economic report, … Continue reading

The effect of government privatization on global M&A

RR Donnelly released the August edition of its Venue Market Spotlight, entitled Government Privatizations and M&A. In the report, a high-level summary of a survey of experts, RR Donnelly speaks to the effect that government asset sales and other forms of privatization are having on global M&A activity. The report forecasts that government privatization will become … Continue reading

Facilitating cross-border M&A: the Canada-Korea free trade agreement

The end of last month saw the signing of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA) following nearly ten years of negotiations. It marks Canada’s first major free trade deal in the Pacific Asia region. The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development has highlighted benefits including job creation, increased access to Asian markets and … Continue reading

Private equity’s role in a distressed shipping market

This legal update originally appeared in Norton Rose Fulbright’s April 2014 Shipping Newsletter – Legalseas. For more, please contact either Brad Berman or Brian Devine from our New York office.  Private equity (PE) is an asset class consisting of equity investment in companies that are not publicly traded on a stock exchange. With the decline in industrial and consumer … Continue reading
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