Category: Mergers & Acquisitions

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Regulators Shine Spotlight on Material Conflict of Interest Transactions

July 28, 2017

On July 27, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published Multilateral Staff Notice 61-302 Staff Review and Commentary on Multilateral Instrument 61-101 Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions, which reported on the review of material conflict of interest transactions by staff of the applicable CSA members (Staff) and discussed Staff’s views on the role of boards of directors…

Canadian Public M&A Update

June 1, 2017

Blakes invites you to join us as we review and discuss some of the important developments in Canadian public M&A in the past year. Topics: An update on the Canadian public M&A market in 2017 Court decisions on arrangements and the M&A process, including the role of fairness opinions Recent developments and initiatives by the securities regulatory authorities Guest Speaker:…

Going Mobile: Seven Key Considerations for Acquiring Mobile App Assets

February 27, 2017

As more industries look to capitalize on mobile platforms, and as smartphones and tablets increasingly become the “first screen” for customers, mobile apps will continue to play an integral role in connecting businesses with their customers, whether through the marketing of products and services, facilitating transactions and communications or enhancing customer engagement. To get a sense of the popularity of…

Mergers & Acquisitions: Trends to Watch in 2017

December 21, 2016

2016 AND LOOKING FORWARD Canadian M&A activity rose once again in 2016, surpassing a record-breaking 2015 to become the most active year in Canadian deal-making history. In terms of deal value, 2016 will be second only to the peak of 2007. The aggregate value of announced deals to date is C$399.9-billion, while announced deal volume reached an impressive 3,100 transactions….

Plan of Arrangement: A Vote for All? Not So, Says Court of Appeal

November 30, 2016

In Smoothwater Capital Corporation v. Marquee Energy Ltd. (Smoothwater), the Alberta Court of Appeal (Court) overturned the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench controversial decision granting shareholders of an acquiring company a vote in a plan of arrangement. For further information, please see our October 2016 Blakes Bulletin: A New Arrangement? Alberta Court Requires Shareholder Vote for Acquiring Company in a…

Whitepaper: Nominee Directors: Rights and Responsibilities

October 25, 2016

First published by The American Lawyer, this paper examines the responsibilities of nominee directors, particularly as they apply to boards of Canadian companies, and how these directors can protect themselves from conflict situations.

A New Arrangement? Alberta Court Requires Shareholder Vote for Acquiring Company in a Plan of Arrangement

October 11, 2016

In a recent Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta case,  Alberta Oilsands Inc. (Re) (Alberta Oilsands), Justice A. D. Macleod made a surprising decision in the context of a plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act of Alberta (ABCA). Justice Macleod held in Alberta Oilsands that shareholders of an acquiring company in a plan of arrangement, at least on…

Cross-Border Private M&A in Canada: 10 Tips for Foreign Acquirers

October 5, 2016

Canadian private M&A slowed somewhat in 2015 and early 2016, owing to the depressed market for commodities, but deal flow is roaring back in the latter half of 2016. While Canadian M&A takes many cues from the United States and Europe, it is unique in many ways. A successful foreign acquirer advised by Canadian legal counsel will be armed with knowledge about these…

Doing Business in Canada

September 9, 2016

Clause for Concern? Sandbagging Provisions in Canadian M&A

July 21, 2016

The use of express sandbagging language in M&A agreements (whether “pro” or “anti”), or the decision to remain silent, is commonly one of the most acrimonious issues faced by M&A practitioners in private acquisitions. The frequency of these provisions in Canadian M&A and the question of their enforceability are commonly discussed in light of evolving market practice and the historically limited guidance from…

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