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The Spin on Spin-Offs (Part 3)

A Valuable Tool to Unlock Shareholder Value

Posted in Public M&A, Shareholders, Strategy

In our recent series on corporate-spin off transactions, we focused on why a company should consider a spin-off, and how the spin-off could be implemented. In this post, we briefly outline some of the common risks that a company should be aware of before pursuing the spin-off.

Even for seasoned practitioners, a great deal of planning is required to effectively “spin-out” a part of an existing business and the road to completion is rife with challenges and legal complexities. First and foremost, a failure to adequately address the division of assets and liabilities as between the Parent and Spinco could … Continue Reading

The Spin on Spin-Offs (Part 2)

A Valuable Tool to Unlock Shareholder Value

Posted in Public M&A, Shareholders, Strategy

In our last post, we outlined some of the reasons why corporate spin-offs are used. In this post, we address some of the most common methods used to implement the corporate spin-off.

How do I implement it?

In some cases, a Canadian public corporation seeking to distribute shares of Spinco to its shareholders will be able to do so by a reorganization known as a “butterfly transaction”.  The advantage of a butterfly transaction is the deferral of Canadian income tax both at the corporate and shareholder level. The tax rules governing butterflies are highly complex and various restrictions, including … Continue Reading

The Spin on Spin-Offs (Part 1)

A Valuable Tool to Unlock Shareholder Value

Posted in Public M&A, Shareholders, Strategy

On March 6, 2013, Time Warner Inc. issued a press release announcing plans to implement, courtesy of a spin-off transaction, a “complete legal and structural separation of Time Inc. from Time Warner.”

The proposed spin-off highlights an increasing trend among public companies in the face of tough market conditions – the transformation of what are usually large corporations not by building up their assets, but by efficiently siphoning them out. Time Warner would know, too – in the past decade, the company has used the vehicle of the spin-off to divest several of its major divisions, including the spin-off of … Continue Reading

Reverse Takeovers – An Alternative Exit Strategy

Reverse takeovers may be a worthwhile alternative for business owners looking for an exit strategy, especially during a cool IPO market

Posted in Public M&A, Shareholders, Strategy

What is a reverse takeover?

When evaluating possible exit options, an alternative to the typical IPO or sale transaction is a reverse takeover transaction (often referred to as an “RTO”). An RTO is a type of sale transaction where the shareholders of a company, often an unlisted entity, sell the company to a publicly listed issuer (“Pubco”) in exchange for shares of Pubco, which results in an effective change of control of Pubco. An RTO allows shareholders of an unlisted company to effect the sale of 100% of the business while maintaining a continuing indirect interest in the business and … Continue Reading

Shareholder Rights Plans – A Priority for the OSC

Posted in Public M&A, Shareholders

On June 28, 2012, the Ontario Securities Commission published OSC Notice 11-767 – Notice of Statement of Priorities for Financial Year to End March 31, 2013. Tucked in with the OSC’s goal to deliver strong investor protection, the OSC states that it will reconsider the current regulatory requirements governing shareholders’ rights plans to reflect recent market and governance developments. We know that the OSC has been informally canvassing market participants for views on the appropriate regulation of poison pills and that a plan is in the works. And as noted in our blog post from last November, Naizam Kanji, … Continue Reading

Take-over Bid vs Plan of Arrangement: Top 10 Considerations

Posted in Public M&A, Strategy

Acquisitions of public companies in Canada almost always take the form of either a take-over bid or court-approved plan of arrangement. Choosing between the two is highly dependent on the facts of each case. It’s not uncommon for bidders to start with one structure and then to flip over to the other as the deal evolves. I’ve set out below the top ten considerations for a bidder when it makes this important decision: 

  1. Hostile/Friendly. If the offer is not supported by the target’s board, the bidder will almost always choose to proceed by way of take-over bid. Although there
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The Clash of the Rights Plan Cases (Redux)

Posted in Public M&A, Shareholders

The Ontario Securities Commission issued an order this week in connection with a shareholder rights plan adopted by the board of directors of MOSAID Technologies Incorporated in response to a hostile bid made by Wi-LAN Inc. The OSC ordered that effective November 1, 2011 (i.e. 70 days after the commencement of Wi-LAN’s unsolicited offer), MOSAID’s shareholder rights plan must go. The key factors considered by the OSC in arriving at its decision to allow the rights plan to stick around for another couple of weeks (not as long as MOSAID had wanted) included:

  • MOSAID was continuing to run an auction
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Eight Things To Do Before Selling Your Business – Part 1 of 2

Posted in Private Equity, Private Transactions, Strategy

When selling your business, it pays to plan ahead. Don’t forget these important – but sometimes overlooked – strategies for maximizing value and deal certainty.

  1. Clean up! I learned a great lesson from a great chef: “You consume 70% with your eyes”. Just like the artfully plated dishes that would emerge from his kitchen, the appearance of your premises says a lot about your outlook, attention to detail and dedication. It’s easy to let things slip when you’re focused on day-to-day emergencies, but invest the time to inspect and refresh your offices and other premises. Dump the dog-eared National Geographics
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