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M&A market heating up

Board members should get in their summer holidays early. It's shaping up to be a busy second half
June 25th, 2010

Heading into the year, forecasts from all the major law firms, accounting firms and bank economists seemed to agree on one thing—this would be the year that mergers-and-acquisitions activity, which cratered in late 2008 and 2009, makes a big comeback. … Continue reading

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Recipe for success

Strong companies need strong boards more than ever. Follow these steps and you’ll be well on the way
By Poonam Puri
June 25th, 2010

Although Canada didn’t suffer financial to the same extent as the U.S. and UK, anyone involved with corporate governance knows that boards of directors of Canadian public companies are now under greater scrutiny to ensure they provide proper oversight and accountability. … Continue reading

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Why a high-yield market for smaller firms would be huge

Sidebar to High-yield debt: It's here (June 15, 2010)
By Robert Olsen
June 25th, 2010

The emergence of a Canadian high-yield debt market is great news. But where it could have the biggest impact and make the biggest difference is if it’s eventually made available to smaller mid-market companies. We have a bigger mid- market … Continue reading

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High-yield debt: It’s here

More and more companies are raising high-yield debt in Canada. Each deal’s a sign of a market taking hold
By Robert Olsen
June 25th, 2010

It’s a simple fact of business that corporations need adequate capital to fuel their growth. Yet many Canadian public companies are struggling to attract sufficient debt financing. Lack of senior debt capital is a function of the current dislocated credit … Continue reading

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IROs face ATS challenge

Trading growth on Alpha and other platforms making shareholder identification even tougher
By Listed staff
June 25th, 2010

No one needs to tell Shirley Chénier, senior director of investor relations at Bombardier (TSX: BBD), about the spectacular growth in trading volume on the Alpha Group’s alternative trading system. For months, Bombardier has been one of the most heavily … 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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The do’s and don’ts of corporate social media

Sidebar to "Communicating at the speed of now"
By Celia Milne
June 25th, 2010

There are a lot of misconceptions about social media. Mark Evans, principal with ME Consulting, a digital marketing and social media strategist, offers these dos and don’ts for any company planning its next step. Don’t • Don’t look at social … Continue reading

Posted in Summer Report

Communicating at the speed of now

Corporate communications is an evolving challenge for public companies. Try these expert strategies to stay in control and on message
By Celia Milne
June 25th, 2010

Corporate communications practice is constantly evolving. Some days, it evolves more than others. Feb. 13, 2010, was one of the latter, at least for those in the American air travel industry. That’s the day news broke that funny, feisty American … 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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We still have options

The double-deductibility of stock appreciation rights is history. Employers shouldn’t lose too much sleep
By Ken Hugessen
June 25th, 2010

The recent federal budget included a number of proposed changes to the tax code with the objective of “closing unfair tax loopholes.” A number of these changes will impact most, if not all, of the companies and their employees that … Continue reading

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Have tablet, will travel

If you’ve reached the point where you’re mainlining print and electronic documents, Apple’s new iPad raises interesting possibilities
By Danny Bradbury
June 25th, 2010

Well, it’s finally here. Apple’s iPad— the most anticipated tablet since Moses spoke to the Big Guy—was introduced way back in January and finally started shipping in the U.S. in April, with Canada’s launch scheduled for late May. But is … Continue reading

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