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Ready To Seize The Impact Investing Opportunity?

Tania Carnegie

Impact investing is on the rise, as more and more private equity (PE) investors look to achieve solid financial returns while also helping to solve some of the biggest social and environmental challenges we face. As the impact investing opportunity continues to grow, Canadian PE firms should take steps to get ahead of the curve

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Canadian Business Growth Fund: Closing The Gap

Canadian Business Growth Fund

Why don’t more Canadian companies grow to become global industry leaders? How did we go from being home to 18 such companies in 1990, compared to just a handful today. What has led to the “hollowing out” of the mid-tier market in Canada as smaller companies sell long before their plans are realized? It’s not

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Private Equity Investment: Ownership Transitions Fuel Opportunities For Smaller Deals

Patrick Latour

A surging tide of ownership transitions represents a major growth opportunity for Canadian private equity investors, especially at the lower end of the market. While Canadian institutional investors have largely withdrawn from smaller PE funds to move upmarket, PE funds and pledge funds have found new sources of capital through family offices and high-net-worth individuals.

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ESG: What Do LPs Want From Their GPs?

Victoria Robson

Diversity and climate change are two of the issues that investors are most likely to focus on when scrutinizing a fund’s responsibility record, writes Victoria Robson, Private Equity International. INVESTOR CONCERNS Ask a GP what drives their environmental, social and governance agenda and more often than not they attribute a significant portion of their commitment

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Forget About The Health of Your Portfolios For A Minute

Jennifer Williams

Instead of talking about the health of our investments, let’s talk about the health of our entrepreneurs and colleagues. As investors, we are continually checking in on the health of our portfolio companies, but when was the last time we checked in on the health of our entrepreneurs—more specifically, the mental health of our entrepreneurs?


Don’t Acquire The Threat: Cyber Due Diligence For Private Equity

Louis Higgins

Don’t Acquire The Threat: Cyber Due Diligence For Private Equity is a contribution to CVCA Central from CVCA member RSM Canada. In today’s ever-evolving technological landscape, cybersecurity threats and incidents are frequently the subject of front-page articles and board discussions. It seems there is no shortage of organizations being held ransom by hackers demanding bitcoin

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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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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