AIG Reports Increased R&W Insurance Claims in the M&a Market

By | Deal Law Wire | June 22, 2017
AIG, in its recently published 2017 M&A Claims Report, explored the rising number of representations and warranties (R&W) claims in the M&A market by examining AIG policies written between 2011 and 2015. Increase in R&W claims Mary Duffy, AIG’s global head of M&A insurance, posits that the marked increase in claims could stem from buyers becoming more knowledgeable of R&W insurance policies. View Full Post
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Employment Considerations in an M&a Deal

By | Deal Law Wire | June 20, 2017
Parties to an asset transaction should carefully consider the implications of the proposed acquisition on existing employment arrangements, including, non-competition agreements, workers’ compensation programs, and pension plans. The provisions of the Employment Standards Act, 2000, S.O. 2000, c. 41 (ESA), the governing employment standards legislation in Ontario, should be considered when negotiating employment arrangements as the ESA can impact packages and offers made–or not made–to existing employees, and any liability that may arise for the vendor and/or purchaser. View Full Post
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Incorporating Social Media into the Due Diligence Process

By | Deal Law Wire | June 14, 2017
social_680x2202017: the year of social media fails. Over the last six months, an international air carrier’s stock plummeted following a viral video of security forcefully removing a passenger from a plane. Then, Twitter was used to publicly assail a soda pop company for its lack of judgment in releasing a commercial depicting a celebrity subduing a crowd of protestors with a can of pop. View Full Post
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M&a Update: Canadian Federal Budget 2017 Tax Measures

By | Deal Law Wire | March 23, 2017
Yesterday, Budget 2017 was tabled by the Liberal government. While Budget 2016 contained many significant tax changes, Budget 2017 does not. Despite having indicated in its 2015 election platform and in Budget 2016 that the Liberal government intended to eliminate a number of perceived tax advantages it considered were benefitting wealthy Canadians and not the middle class, the Liberal government deferred dealing with those perceived tax advantages, but indicated that a paper would be delivered in the coming months outlining issues and providing proposed policy changes relating to tax planning strategies being used by private corporations that provide tax advantages that may be perceived to be unfair. View Full Post
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How Deal Team Size Can Help Produce Post-transaction Synergies

By | Deal Law Wire | March 8, 2017
Regardless of whether the parties are public or private, the potential synergies that can be gained from an M&A transaction are among the most common reasons cited by acquirers when justifying their proposed transactions to stakeholders. However, without careful planning and execution, these synergies often fail to have the impact on the bottom line that management expects when deals are first conceived. View Full Post
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Canada Punches Above Its Weight-class in Cross-border Deals and Works On Attracting Greenfield and Other Private Investment

By | Deal Law Wire | February 14, 2017
Over the past few months, the Canadian government has been working to establish a source of financing for several infrastructure projects across the country. These projects include public transit initiatives, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, and smaller tailored projects for our rural and northern communities. View Full Post
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