Category Archives: Special Reports

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Locking up the vote

Special Report: Compensation, composition, communications ... with the 2017 proxy season looming for most issuers, it’s time to get a handle on the trends and tactics that will win the day for one side or the other
By Diane Peters
December 16th, 2016

On the eve of a special shareholders’ meeting last May by Taseko Mines Ltd. (TSX:TKO), activist shareholder Raging River Capital LP threw in the towel. The firm, created for the sole purpose of lobbying Taseko to replace two directors and … Continue reading

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Is everybody out there?

What’s the biggest way social media and online culture is changing how companies communicate? Exclusivity is history.Whatever message you’re delivering, know that every shareholder, stakeholder and critic is within earshot
By Jim Middlemiss
August 24th, 2014

When Bombardier Inc. launched the maiden flight of its CSeries jet last September, the company broadcast the three-hour-plus event in a live, bilingual webcast that was more Canada AM than a traditional corporate video. Held outdoors at the Mirabel airport … Continue reading

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What’s not to like?

Canadian regulators are starting to mandate board and executive diversity. Considering the strong business case for new blood and fresh ideas, you wonder why they have to
By Paul Brent
April 21st, 2014

If you want a glimpse of what corporate Canada looked like 50 years ago you don’t have to invent a time machine. A far easier method would be to sit in on the directors’ meetings of at least half the … Continue reading

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Billion-dollar empires in aisle four

No doubt about it, retailer buyers—from Loblaw to HBC to Sobeys and more—have pretty much owned the M&A story in 2013. It's also made them an exception, along with REITs and pension funds, in what's otherwise been a down year in dealtown
By Jim Middlemiss
December 16th, 2013

Canada’s 2013 mergers and acquisitions market will be remembered as much for the deals that didn’t happen as for the ones that did. Fairfax withdrew its $4.7-billion bid for BlackBerry (TSX:BB) in the fall; the federal government nixed an Egyptian … Continue reading

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First you plan, then you pivot

Diversity, transparency, advance notice, notice and access, say-on-pay, voting infrastructure—they could be keywords, they’re certainly trending as the latest tools and regulations for issuers to master to keep pace with activists in proxy season
By Paul Brent
December 16th, 2013

Rising shareholder activism in recent years along with new policies and proposals from regulators has transformed the process of preparing for the proxy season from a dry routine to a dynamic, constantly changing exercise. As the calendar turns to 2014 … Continue reading

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The best defence

What are the hot-button risk issues facing companies today? How should you deal with them? Our survival guide has got you covered
By Susan Mohammad
September 16th, 2013

It was a summer of unexpected calamity in Canada, from west to east. Who could have predicted an oil-filled train would derail, slam into the town of Lac-Mégantic, Que., and ignite, killing 50 people, leveling a swath of buildings and … Continue reading

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Directors: ready for their close-up

Not long ago, the subjects of communications strategies and boards of directors' duties would rarely even appear in the same sentence. Today, as boards’ visibility and shareholder scrutiny increases, a growing number of directors are finding communications counsel and training are becoming essential to their jobs
By Celia Milne
June 19th, 2013

Excellence in communications strategy and implementation has long been management’s purview. Savvy businesses have an ongoing commitment to corporate communications, investor relations and transparency. The smarter they communicate their messages and the more acutely they listen to stakeholders, the fewer … Continue reading

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Let them see you sweat

Think like an activist...be prepared...know your shareholders...earn their vote...expect the unexpected. These days, when it comes time for proxy season and your annual AGM, a little paranoia goes a long way
By Paul Brent
December 20th, 2012

Proxy season used to be a straightforward, no-drama exercise for Canadian issuers. True, it’s been a while since information and opinions traveled a one-way street from company to shareholder, when issues and director slates were put up for vote and … Continue reading

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The changing face of risk management

That suit at the last executive meeting throwing around terms like “impact pathways?” Meet your company’s CRO. As Canadian issuers wake up to the harsh realities of today’s commercial and regulatory workspace, a new breed of senior risk executive is emerging to steer them straight
By Mark Anderson
September 20th, 2012

Risk management, once the redheaded stepchild of corporate governance, is coming in from the cold—and coming with it is a newly empowered executive class of chief risk officers (CROs), vice-presidents of risk and other assorted risk-related personnel. Who better to … Continue reading

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Extreme communicating

Companies are always talking to investors, employees, customers and the media, but it’s what they say and do in a crisis that people remember
By Celia Milne
June 18th, 2012

It’s not what happens that’s important, it’s how you handle it. This old adage certainly rings true for issuer communications and investor relations in urgent and unexpected situations. Take U.S. electronics mega retailer Best Buy. Failure to address a festering … Continue reading

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Learning IS the job

Certain big-name programs may get the headlines, but director education is actually a world of different practices and standards. The one constant: as demands on directors from shareholders and regulators keep growing, the need for knowledge keeps increasing, too
By Celia Milne
March 16th, 2012

IT IS WELL KNOWN that corporate directors of publicly traded companies face sharper scrutiny and disclosure duties than ever before. Education is or should be a critical ingredient in the excellent performance that corporations, shareholders, the public and regulators expect. In … Continue reading

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2011 Report on M&A: Welcome to Splitsville

M&A? For some, 2011 was the year of the breakup. Here’s how Toromont caught the wave
January 6th, 2012

Interview by Paul Brent What do Tyco, McGraw-Hill, Hewlett-Packard, Abbott Laboratories, Kraft Foods, ConocoPhillips and Sara Lee all have in common? In 2011, all of those giant U.S. corporations discussed or executed company-rending spinoffs, splits or demergers. All the action … Continue reading

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Top 10 Deals 2011; Top Banks, Law Firms

Top 10 M&A deals in 2011 by Canadian acquirers
January 3rd, 2012

Rank: 1 Target: Equinox Minerals Ltd. Buyer: Barrick Gold Corp. Value: $7.7 billion** Investment Banks: Barrick: RBC Capital Markets; Morgan Stanley Equinox: CIBC World Markets; Goldman Sachs; TD Securities Law Firms: Barrick: Clayton Utz; Mallesons Stephen Jaques (advising Morgan Stanley; … Continue reading

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2011 Report on M&A: Crisis? What crisis?

Final results are still coming in, but 2011 will surely go down as a strong year for M&A in Canada, despite a shaky global economy. Here’s Listed’s look at the top deals and dealmakers
By Paul Brent
December 29th, 2011

DESPITE SOVEREIGN DEBT and currency worries in Europe and about-even chances of a double-dip recession in the U.S., the market for mergers and acquisitions has been strong in Canada in 2011. Our status as an international M&A haven can be … Continue reading

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Deal of the year: Cash flow is colour-blind

After Barrick’s US$7.7-billion purchase of Equinox Minerals, 20% of the world’s largest gold miner’s revenue comes from copper. The CEO and chairman say that’s right where they should be
By Robert Thompson
December 28th, 2011

PETER MUNK’S YEARLY address to Barrick Gold Corp. shareholders at the company’s annual meeting always has the tone and atmosphere of a preacher speaking to his congregation. He leans on the podium, speaking slowly in unscripted passages, his glasses dipping … Continue reading

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