Deals industry insights

Year-end review and 2018 outlook

A year of growth

2017 was a big year for Canadian mergers and acquisitions (M&A). While there was significant uncertainty surrounding the impact the new US administration’s policies might have on trade and the broader North American and global economies, Canadian deal-makers carried 2016’s strong M&A momentum into 2017, with deal volume increasing year over year.

While the number of megadeals – worth more than $5 billion – was down, middle market deals all saw a healthy increase. 

Technology continued as a catalyst for deals making it the most active industry for Canadian M&A.

  • Deal volume increased 16% over 2016
  • Outbound deals to the U.S. represented approximately 60% of all Canadian outbound deals in 2017
  • Technology was the most active industry, with 349 deals valued at $9.9 billion, a 34% increase in deals over 2016
  • How will Canadian dealmakers respond to U.S. tax reform?
  • Which deals will make headlines in 2018?
  • How will NAFTA uncertainty impact M&A?

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