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How to land a monster

Kinross Gold's $7.1-billion purchase of Red Back Mining and its massive African gold deposit has the power to transform the company—and be the defining deal of CEO Tye Burt's career
By Robert Thompson
December 25th, 2010

Sometimes the deal of the year actually is a long time coming. Such was the case with Kinross Gold Corp.’s $7.1-billion mid-summer bet on Red Back Mining Inc., which, through the end of November, was the largest Canadian-led merger or … Continue reading

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Frank’s last payday

It's the start of a new era at Magna. Dual-class, multiple-voting shares are out and Frank Stronach's no longer in control
By Andy Holloway
September 25th, 2010

On the morning of May 6, 2010, the first quasi-official day of Frank Stronach’s farewell tour as controlling shareholder of Magna International (TSX:MG), the news was dominated by Greece’s economic crisis and BP CEO Tony Hayward’s Gulf of Mexico oil … Continue reading

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Market remaker

Alpha Trading Systems has applied to take on TMX Group in its core territory: listings. Can the bank-backed upstart be a low-fee giant killer as a registered exchange? Should it be allowed to try?
By Paul Brent
September 15th, 2010

Though its track record is short, the one thing critics, competitors and customers should have learned by now is not to take Alpha Trading Systems Inc. lightly. As fall begins, the bank-backed alternative trading system says it is on track … Continue reading

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Test case

Ambition. Desperation. The OSC. How the fight for control of HudBay Minerals became a tale for the textbooks
By Andy Holloway
June 25th, 2010

What a difference a year makes. It’s late February and Allen Palmiere sits comfortably in his downtown Toronto office, where he is president and CEO of Adriana Resources (TSX-V: ADI), a junior mining company that quite possibly sits on the … Continue reading

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Review: Different—Escaping the competitive herd

By Listed Staff
June 25th, 2010

Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd. Succeeding in a world where conformity reigns but exceptions rule By Youngme Moon Crown Business, Random House April 2010 Here’s a guarantee. Unlike many decent business books that nevertheless tend to be simplistic, repetitive and … Continue reading

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First we take Manhattan

Who needs M&A? Since the crash, Canadian banks have been expanding in the U.S. by hiring hundreds of top American execs
By Dana Lacey
June 25th, 2010

Back in 2008, when the financial crisis was at its most intense and the market collapse most severe, U.S. banks and financial institutions were going cheap. JPMorgan Chase started things off, famously acquiring Wall Street giant Bear Stearns in March … Continue reading

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Anatomy of an American hire

Sidebar to "First we take Manhattan"
By Dana Lacey
June 25th, 2010

Canadian banks are bulking up on once-untouchable U.S. recruits. Walter Owens is one of them It was June 2008 when Walter Owens got his first phone call from a TD Bank recruiter. The bank was looking for someone to lead … Continue reading

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Enough with the oversight

Sidebar to "Beyond compliance"
By Tony Keller
June 25th, 2010

Canada’s corporate directors want more of a stake in strategy Is the idea of a “compliance board” that spends too many meetings ticking boxes instead of reviewing corporate strategy—and is thereby blind to potential faults and fatal assumptions—a popular fiction? … Continue reading

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Beyond compliance

Despite a decade of reform, boards are still dropping the ball when it comes to risk and good governance. Is more reform the answer?
By Tony Keller
June 25th, 2010

Public companies and their boards have been through a multi-year grind of corporate governance reform. And in the wake of the financial meltdown, they’re about to start another round. More and better corporate rules are supposed to lead to, well, … Continue reading

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One ruling, three opinions

Sidebar to "Test case"
By Andy Holloway
June 25th, 2010

The OSC’s intervention in the HudBay-Lundin deal changed TSX takeover rules for everybody. But that’s just the half of it When it comes to precedents, HudBay Minerals’ bid for Lundin Mining in late 2008 gets top billing as the first-ever … Continue reading

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