Canadian M&A: a look back 2017 and a glimpse into 2018

A retrospective look at 2017 In Canada, 2017 had the highest number of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deals in the past five years. There were a total number of 2,274 deals carried out in 2017, compared to 1,956 in 2016. The number of “mega deals”, however, did not see an increase in 2017. “Mega deals” are categorized as deals that have a value of US $5 billion or more. The number of these types of transactions went down from seven in 2016, to two in 2017. For 2017, PwC noted the following three common M&A trends: 1) Increased number of deals and value Both the cumulative amount and value of Canadian M&A deals increased substantially in 2017. Apart from “mega deals”, deal activity flourished due to a variety of factors. For instance, sellers wanted to capitalize on high stock prices to receive significant gains and engaged in succession planning for their family businesses. Buyers, on the other hand, engaged in M&A as a result…

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