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The Private Credit Landscape

John Middleton

The Private Credit Landscape is a contribution to CVCA Central from CVCA member John Middleton, Senior Manager, Harmonic Fund Services. The recent growth in private credit has been rapid and exciting. It took only 20 years—and a financial crisis—to fundamentally restructure the loan market to one where alternative credit is helping fuel a very significant

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Capturing Deal Value: Enabling Digital Capabilities Through M&A

Jensen Lee

Since 2016, corporate buyers have increasingly targeted acquisitions of technology/digital companies. According to PwC’s 2018 mid-year deals report – four out of ten acquisitions of technology companies came from non-technology companies. This trend is expected to continue as enablers of value shift to include automation, data and analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of

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A Venture Capital Fund With A Social Impact Heart – How Is That Possible?

Brenda Irwin

The Relentless Venture Fund embraces a hybrid venture model: a profit driven, venture capital, health fund with a social impact heart. We are a double bottom line fund. Digital Health & Data—The Enablers But how is it possible to be a true venture capital fund that delivers venture-level returns as well as social good? It

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The Newest Face Of Corporate Trust And Responsibility

Ken Ip

Ken Ip, Director of Engineering at Hockeystick teamed up with Jason Brenier, Vice President of Strategy at Georgian Partners to analyze the area of trust as it relates to customer data in this special contribution to CVCA Central. Recent breaches of data in tech have amplified the need for companies to develop new ways to protect

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Case By Case: Tax Deductions In Merger And Acquisition Transactions

Stephen Rupnarain

As merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions continue to grow in scale and complexity, so have the associated transaction costs. Consequently, it makes the tax treatment of these outlays of greater importance to all parties. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has long challenged taxpayers on the deductibility of fees incurred as part of a transaction, making

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How Ireland Can Help Canadian Companies Go Global

Deirdre Moran

If there’s one word that captures the aims of ambitious high-tech companies, it’s scale. It’s about hitting big numbers—whether that’s customers, ARR or valuation—fast. Scale is embedded into the DNA of founders and the VCs backing them with the financial firepower to reach their ambitious goals. Yet tech companies can only scale so much from

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Private Equity—Seeking Opportunity In A Scarce Environment

Ben Gibbons

This article is a contribution from Ben Gibbons, Partner, Capital Markets & M&A Advisory, RSM Canada. Mr. Gibbons will be leading the Private Equity: State Of The Nation panel at #IC18 on June 6, 2018. The market for private equity firms has never been as competitive as it is today. Not only are the opportunities

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Planning for an IPO in Canada

Allan Goodman

On April 18 (2018), the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA) hosted its second annual CVCA Exchange event in Toronto. The event takes a deep dive into the latest private capital data and expert panelists spotlight notable trends in private equity, venture capital, limited partner and regulatory environments. This article captures some of

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Hockeystick Launches Open Database of Canada’s Innovation Economy


CVCA Infobase 2.0 Database On Hockeystick Platform On Track To Be Launched June 2018 Hockeystick has released the largest open database of Canadian startups and investors. Its database provides first-of-its-kind visibility into the country’s innovation economy with an excess of 8,000 entities already in the system, including companies and early-stage funders: angel groups, accelerators, government

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Announcing BC’s Top 50 Tech Startups Pitching At This Year’s #BCTech Summit Investment Showcase

BC Innovation Council

The #BCTECH Summit team is excited to announce the 50 startups that will be pitching at this year’s Investment Showcase, an exclusive event happening May 15th at the #BCTECH Summit. These BC tech companies have been chosen as the most investable startups in their sector by our Selection Committee, a group of top-tier VCs and angel investors. Companies