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  • Canadian Private Market Recap: Aug 31

    Posted By: Andrea Banerjee

    Securite Above has agreed to be purchased by Hitachi Systems Ltd, a subsidiary of Japan’s Hitachi Ltd. This will support the company's global strategic growth plan to stay competitive in the IT security market. In financing news, Brookfield Asset Management has made its first investment in Indian infrastructure from Gammon Infrastructure Projects Ltd.

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  • The Geek's Reading List: August 28

    Posted By: Brian Piccioni

    Highlights from this week's tech report include Windows 10, the Internet of Things, and a mind-controlled robotic exoskeleton that helps paraplegics walk. The Geek's Reading List is a weekly publication written by Valitas advisor, Brian Piccioni.

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  • Canadian Private Market Recap: Aug 23

    Posted By: Andrea Banerjee

    Last week it was announced that Brookfield Infrastructure Partners will make an $8.84 billion acquisition of Australian Rail Fright Firm, Asciano Ltd. Upon completion, the deal will be one of the largest in history involving the acquisition of an Australian target firm by an overseas investor. In financing news, Canadian companies City Wide Towing and Alliance Corporation both secured investments from private equity partners to fund continued growth. Here are the major deals of the week.

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  • The Geek's Reading List: August 21

    Posted By: Brian Piccioni

    Highlights from this week's tech report include ad blockers, IBM's brain-inspired chip, and the Ashley Madison leak. The Geek's Reading List is a weekly publication written by Valitas advisor, Brian Piccioni.

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  • Canadian Private Market Recap: August 16

    Posted By: Andrea Banerjee

    Quebec-based Manac Inc will become a private company with an acquisition led by the caisse de depot et placement due Quebec. GrafTech International will also stop trading public shares after this week’s acquisition by Brookfield Asset Management. In financing news, Toronto’s Intelex Technologies completed a successful funding round, securing $160 million.

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  • The Geek's Reading List: August 14

    Posted By: Brian Piccioni

    Highlights from this week's tech report include virtual reality, 3D-printed human hearts, and pig-to-primate organ transplants The Geek's Reading List is a weekly publication written by Valitas advisor, Brian Piccioni.

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  • Canadian Private Market Recap: Aug 9

    Posted By: Andrea Banerjee

    IPOs seemed to dominate M&A news this week as luxury fashion retailer Neiman Marcus revealed its plans to go public with a target of $100 million. Toronto firm Gibraltar & Co Inc also filed a preliminary prospectus for an IPO targeted at raising $100 million for Gibraltar Growth Corp, a special purpose acquisition corporation. It was also announced that Onex Corp’s Jeld-Wen Holding Inc is working on a potential initial public offering too. In acquisitions news, European PE firm Permira and CPPIB have completed their previously announced joint acquisition of software company Informatica Corp for $5.3 billion.

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  • Time Becomes Your Enemy

    Posted By: Paris Aden

    In every sale transaction, there is a “window of vulnerability” for the seller that starts with the initiation of sale discussions with a potential buyer and ends with the closing of the sale. This article discusses three inevitable risks that a seller will encounter in an M&A transaction.

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  • The Geek's Reading List: August 7

    Posted By: Brian Piccioni

    Highlights from this week's tech report include Facebook's newest innovation and the most wired city in the world - can you guess it? The Geek's Reading List is a weekly publication written by Valitas advisor, Brian Piccioni.

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  • Canadian Private Market Recap: Aug 2

    Posted By: Andrea Banerjee

    Last week in M&A activity saw notable acquisitions in the Canadian mid-market, including GFL Environmental Inc.’s purchase of three Concord, Ontario-based businesses: Anpro Environmental Group Inc., Anpro Excavating & Grading Ltd. and Pro-Green Demolition Ltd. Toronto-based menswear retailer Grafton Fraser Inc will assume operations of all 35 Jones New York retail stores across Canada. In financing news, SaaS company Dealer-FX and digital media company VerticalScope have secured strategic growth investments.

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