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Introduction to Fairness Opinions

What is a fairness opinion? A fairness opinion evaluates the financial fairness of the price an acquirer is offering a target during a transaction seeking to take control of the target (acquisition, takeover, merger, etc.). [i] A fairness opinion may also be used when a public company is divesting one of

Investment Banking Fee Study

Fee Event Dramatization MegaBank A is approached by a client to help them advise on a purchase of their competitor funded by a mix of debt and externally issued equity. My god, this will be a $50 billion dollar deal. 10 basis points means a $50 million dollar fee! – Coverage/M&A banker They

Canada M&A Roundup Q4 2019

Contribution from Kirill Sukhikh, Edited by Vlad Kovalenko Canadian M&A market in the fourth quarter has seen a decrease in aggregate deal value by $8.8B comparing to the previous quarter. 677 deals valued at $69.8B were announced over the third quarter. Consumer Cyclical sector accounted for $17.27B, Financial sector for $16.24B

Canada M&A Roundup Q3 2019

Canadian M&A market remained robust in Q3, even though experiencing a slight decline after an outstanding second quarter. During the third quarter, 665 transactions valued at $61.2B were announced. While the Canadian buyers were less active during the quarter, the foreign companies continue to be interested in Canadian businesses. During

US M&A Roundup Q3 2019

As the tensions between US and China escalated sharply during the third quarter, the global mergers and acquisitions market, as well as the US activity, plunged to reflect the higher risk and greater uncertainty about the potential dealmaking. Deal making in the US fell 40% from last year to $289

Financial Sponsors Group

Financial Sponsors Group in Investment Banking Financial sponsors (“Sponsors” or private capital) is an investment banking “coverage” group similar to oil and gas or technology – however, sponsors are not an industry. A financial sponsor is synonymous with private equity, but also includes hedge funds and asset managers. The financial sponsors group

US M&A Roundup Q2 2019

Although the overall number of transactions moderated in the second quarter, there was an uptick in the mega deals. Deal volume reached $839.2bn, up 27.4% and 11.5% from the first quarter of 2019 and the second quarter of 2018 respectively. Consumer Noncyclical, Industrial and Energy sectors drove the majority of

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