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Canadian M&A: Q1, 2015 in brief

During Q1, 2015, private equity ('PE') firms continued to drive Canadian M&A activity.

In this issue:

  • Q1 highlights
  • Canadian IPO Survey Q1, 2015
  • Forest, Paper & Packaging insights: Q1, 2015
  • Getting what you want from your business
  • Supreme Court decision clarifies the application of efficiencies to merger reviews
  • Surrey Biofuels Facility: The first closed-loop organics P3 in North America
  • Predictive financial modelling for oil and gas investments
  • PwC strengthens forensic technology practice with acquisition of Platinum Legal Group
  • Meet PwC’s Canadian Deals industry team leaders

Previous editions:

PwC Capital Markets Flash | Q4 2014
A lot of positive forces are converging to make 2015 a good year for deal-making in Canada.

PwC Capital Markets Flash | Q3 2014
Big deals dominate as transaction value continues to rise in Q3 Deals down slightly in volume from Q2, but up in value.

PwC Capital Markets Flash | Q2 2014
After a quiet first quarter, Canadian M&A activity accelerated in Q2. The second quarter saw 748 deals with a total value of $45.8 billion, a 10% increase in value and volume from Q1, and a 20% jump from Q2 2013.

PwC Capital Markets Flash | Q1 2014
Top 10 largest deals included three in the energy sector, which returned to the top slot by value for the first time since Q4 2012.

PwC Capital Markets Flash | Q4 2013
Retail, real estate, utilities and pension fund activity were not enough to fill the gap left by a dearth of deals in Canada’s oil patch and mining companies.

PwC Capital Markets Flash | Q3 2013
Canadian M&A activity rose sharply in the third quarter of 2013 on a value basis, to US$54.8 billion from US$38.9 billion in Q2.

PwC Capital Markets Flash | Q2 2013
Despite a 62% increase in M&A activity in value terms over the previous quarter, Q2 2013 was the second quietest quarter since Q2 2010.

PwC Capital Markets Flash | Q1 2013
The first quarter of 2013 saw China’s growth slow, commodity prices tumble, and the Eurozone continue to struggle.

PwC Capital Markets Flash | Q4 2012
Despite a 9.6% decline in deal volumes in 2012, the aggregate value of announced deals climbed 10.5% to reach its highest level since the market peak in 2007.

PwC Capital Markets Flash | Canadian Economic Update
Although all the numbers are not yet in, it appears the Canadian economy will grow just over 2% this year, just a shade higher than forecast in the July Capital Markets Flash.

PwC Capital Markets Flash | Q3 2012
The third quarter of 2012 saw 599 announced Canadian M&A transactions worth $58.6 billion.

PwC Capital Markets Flash | Q2 2012
A state of “Canadian M&A anaemia” was the accepted wisdom during the volatile second quarter, especially in the headline "mega deal" resource segment.

PwC Capital Markets Flash | 2012 Outlook Scorecard
As we enter another Canadian summer, we thought it an opportune time to take a look back at our forecasts for the M&A market in 2012 and assess how our predictions have been panning out.

PwC Capital Markets Flash | Perspectives on Insurance M&A
Consistent with our expectations, mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity in Canada’s insurance industry continued to increase in 2011.

PwC Capital Markets Flash | Q1 2012
Against a backdrop of the slowest first quarter of global M&A in ten years, Q1 2012 continued to be a busy one for Canadian dealmakers.

PwC Capital Markets Flash | Notable Economic News
The economic outlook continues to be mixed going forward, with signs of stability in North America that will likely support a steady deal market for Canadian dealmakers.

PwC Capital Markets Flash | Q4 2011 and Outlook for 2012
For 2012, we anticipate that, absent a tail event, Canadian M&A will continue to move forward at a measured pace. This report sets out key trends from 2011, as well as five specific expectations for Canadian M&A in this New Year.