On June 8, 2016 Bill 218 (the Burden Reduction Act, 2016) passed first reading. The Bill is part of a provincial government initiative to, in part, reduce the regulatory burden on Ontario businesses. Schedule 3 of the Bill repeals Ontario’s Bulk Sales Act (BSA). The BSA was enacted in 1917, and is intended to protect unpaid trade creditors (i.e. the people a seller is indebted to for goods, money or services furnished for the purpose of enabling the seller to carry on his or her business) from “bulk sales” by a seller of all or substantially all of its assets … Continue Reading
Since Canada’s new harmonized take-over bid regime (New Bid Regime) came into effect earlier this year, there’s been a lot of talk about whether tactical private placements will become the new poison pills. For more information on the New Bid Regime see our previous article, Canada’s New Take-Over Bid Rules Seek to Level the Playing Field.
A “tactical private placement” occurs when a target company issues securities to a friendly party in response to an unsolicited take-over bid in order to make it more difficult and/or more expensive for the hostile bidder to complete a take-over of the target … Continue Reading
Resolute’ s battle for ownership of 100% of Fibrek Inc. recently came to an end with a friendly “white knight” offer from Mercer being withdrawn after a lengthy court battle. Resolute’s hostile bid for Fibrek was successful, notwithstanding that Fibrek’s board had endorsed Mercer’s offer at a 40% premium to the hostile bid. The Fibrek saga causes us to ask whatCanadian regulators are trying to achieve with the regulation of defensive tactics, and where they may go next.
The recent saga of Fibrek Inc. has been of great interest to those in the M&A community. Many hoped that it would lead to the Supreme Court of Canada giving its view of defensive tactics and strengthen the hand of boards of directors seeking ways to maximize shareholder value in the face of an unsolicited offer. This would have been very timely as regulators have recently been considering the future of certain defensive tactics (for more on this, please see one of our earlier posts: here). Despite the SCC dismissing Fibrek’s application for leave to appeal, the regulatory and … Continue Reading
Some interesting trends emerged from a study of select US M&A deals in 2011 that may be predictors of what’s to come in 2012. A synopsis of a study conducted by Practical Law Company was provided in a webinar in late January, entitled A Year in Review: Public M&A Trends and Highlights from 2011.
According to the study, deal volume was significantly lower in the second half of last year and on pace with 2010 levels in the first half of last year, with 48 and 49 acquisition transactions in the first and second quarters, respectively. The second … Continue Reading
Despite continuing economic uncertainty in 2011, the pace of Canadian M&A activity in the United States so far this year has reached historic levels, according to a recent study published by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
Year to date (up to November 14, 2011), Canadian entities were involved in 385 acquisitions of US firms, representing a total transaction value of US$22 billion and a record pace for transaction volume. US M&A activity accounted for 40 per cent of all cross-border deals by value for Canadian firms, making the United States the most favoured foreign investment jurisdiction (the next closest was Australia, with only … Continue Reading
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for some time, you’ll recall the exchange in The Social Network between Sean Parker, Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin: “this is no time to take your chips down. A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A billion dollars.”
If you’re an entrepreneur or investor with audacious plans and ambition – it’s on your mind. What’s the best way to a billion dollars? Is it through an initial public offering or an M&A sale transaction? These are good questions to have to ask yourself if your business is growing fast and you’re … Continue Reading
After a few years on hiatus, the Ontario Securities Commission hosted its “Dialogue” conference once again on November 1, 2011. OSC Dialogue opened with a speech from the Chair of the Ontario Securities Commission, Howard Wetston, and filled the morning with two panel discussions, one on market infrastructure and another on strategic issues in investor protection.
The OSC Dialogue’s lunch hour was scheduled with a speech from The Honourable Dwight Duncan, Ontario’s Minister of Finance, as well as a speech from Ian Russell, President and CEO of the Investment Industry Association of Canada.
Of particular interest though for this blog … Continue Reading