Category Archives: Winter Report

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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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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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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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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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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