Oct. 15, 2020 - BlackBerry Ltd. completed an amended debt refinancing transaction with its significant shareholder Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (Fairfax), on September 1, 2020, after having made changes to the transaction terms on two separate occasions. These included downsizing the financing from...
The Hostile Bid Is Dead. Long Live the Hostile Bid?
Evaluating Canadian public M&A activity in a post-pandemic landscape
With much of the world focused on the immediacy of the COVID-19 pandemic, including its heavy human and economic toll, we have cast our eyes optimistically on the (near, we hope) future when companies regain sufficient confidence to re-enter the public M&A market in large numbers. Although attention has largely centred on businesses that are in a struggle for survival, certain businesses will emerge stronger owing to factors such as shifts in consumer needs and preferences or more durable balance sheets. As a result, the post-pandemic corporate landscape may be ripe for consolidation, with relatively larger and better-capitalized issuers seizing the opportunity to acquire their weakened competitors. It is also possible that in certain capital-intensive industries, such as mining, competitors may be more inclined to cast aside their differences and consolidate their balance sheets, a trend that is already showing some momentum.
As we mark the four-year anniversary of Canada’s new takeover bid regime, we present our preliminary analysis of Canadian public M&A activity from 2012 to 2019 to provide a framework for analyzing the next phase of public company M&A. In this report, we analyze the four key findings that emerged from our research and consider their implications for what lies ahead for Canadian public M&A activity in a post-pandemic world.
Oct. 05, 2020 - The reasonableness of executive compensation arrangements has long been a contentious issue. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated pre-existing trends and introduced new challenges, including increased concerns about the widening pay gap between executives and the average Canadian employee, as...