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SPACs: a slow climb toward legitimacy

Special Purpose Acquisition Corporations have struggled to gain solid traction in Canada, but recent successes point to their long-term potential as an alternative to traditional private equity financing
By Robert Olsen
With Andrew Luetchford
May 18th, 2017

One of the poorer acronyms in the corporate finance world is SPACs, or Special Purpose Acquisition Corporations, as they are properly called. SPACs have been around since the early ’90s, but only in their most recent form in Canada since … Continue reading

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Brexit: should we care in Canada?

The immediate impact of the Brexit vote on UK, European and world economies has been largely negative. But when it comes to the long-term implications here, expectations vary with the viewpoint
By Robert Olsen
With Andrew Luetchford and Paddy Farrant
October 10th, 2016

On June 23rd, the electorate of the United Kingdom voted in a referendum to leave the European Union, opting for “Brexit.” The impact on the global economy has been predominantly negative, and Canada has not been immune. In the aftermath … Continue reading

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Private equity primed for moves in energy

Billions earmarked for energy investments are piling up on the sidelines. Meanwhile, the longer energy prices languish, the more producer and oil-service firms’ coffers dry up. It’s setting up the kind of scenario where PE shines
By Robert Olsen
With Andrew Luetchford and John Hague
May 30th, 2016

There has been a lot of talk since the oil crisis began about the interest of private equity investors in the sector, and their ability to fill the capital gap required to restart the energy engine in Western Canada. Private … Continue reading

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Venture debt: get it while it’s hot

Once an extreme niche product, venture debt is on the rise in the start-up sector. Does it have the potential to be a mainstay of venture company capital structures? Or will the current surge be short-lived?
By Robert Olsen
With Andrew Luetchford and Fady Nakhla
December 15th, 2015

According to traditional corporate finance logic, the best way to fund a seasoned business opportunity is to use and exhaust the cheapest, most available capital first, and move through the next most attractive capital options sequentially. However, such an approach … Continue reading

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The rolling impact of low oil prices

Lately, it’s been one body blow after another for Canada’s entire energy sector. Here we take a closer look at how the impacts and repercussions will likely be felt for the rest of 2015
By Robert Olsen
With Andrew Luetchford and David Sparrow
May 16th, 2015

Alberta is getting quieter by the day. Compared to a year ago there are about 40% fewer heavy trucks on the province’s roads and six months from now, there will be even less. If this low oil-price environment continues, it … Continue reading

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Irons in the advisory fire

Sooner or later, every company raises capital or does M&A. That’s why the best time to scout and shop the investment advisory market is now. With its rapidly changing cast, you’ll want more than one firm on speed dial
By Robert Olsen
June 18th, 2013

FEW AREAS OF the capital markets business have shifted more in the past 15 years than investment advisory services. Whether it is advisory firms catering to public companies looking to sell their business or raise capital, or advisory firms focused … Continue reading

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Rescue funds within reach

The bad news: there are a lot of distressed companies out there. The good news: more lenders and more lending options are emerging in Canada to save them
By Robert Olsen
December 18th, 2012

Advances in medicine have continually extended the average life expectancy of the population. Advances in lending, similarly, are providing new lifelines to companies that are distressed and struggling to survive. These lifelines are emerging even as current global market volatility … Continue reading

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