The importance of cybersecurity in the M&A due diligence process

Given the increasing frequency of cybercrime and online security breaches, cybersecurity has moved to the forefront of importance when evaluating M&A prospects. Acquirors want to ensure that they are receiving the full value of what they are purchasing and protect themselves against any possible data breaches that can result in reputational, legal, or financial harm....… Continue reading

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Earlier this year, we discussed the arrival and usage of Special Purpose Acquisition Corporations (SPACs) in Canada, focusing on the logistics and purpose of these capital holding shell companies. To recap, a SPAC is a shell company that raises money through an initial public offering (IPO), then searches for a private company to acquire and … Continue reading

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Co-investment is the long standing but regularly overlooked subset of Private Equity (PE) which has helped fuel the sector’s record setting activity over the last two years. With co-investment as a contributor to PE funding growth, 2014 saw 2,700 buyouts globally worth US$386bn, the highest value since 2007. Even though 2015 cooled slightly, it was … Continue reading

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WARNING! This investment is risky

Generally, unless there is an applicable exemption, securities of a company cannot be distributed in Canada unless a prospectus has been filed. One common exemption relied upon by private companies is known as the “private issuer” exemption; however, this exemption is only available to issuers that meet certain criteria, including having less than 50 shareholders … Continue reading

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