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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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Practical Considerations for Raising Capital As A Startup Company

Wildeboer Dellelce LLP

Raising money to get a new business off the ground is one of the most challenging obstacles an entrepreneur must overcome. Generally, initial capital is contributed from an entrepreneur’s own resources or family and friends. However, additional funding is often required to help operate and develop the business. Further, a startup company’s financing needs will

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How New IFRS Accounting Rules (IFRS 15) Can Turn A Good Deal Into A Bad One

Craig Cross

Changes to the reporting standards for revenue from contracts took effect on Jan. 1, 2018, and they have the potential to change a good acquisition into a bad one—or vice versa. Most of the changes come from the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), whereby Canadian publicly traded companies must comply starting Jan. 1, 2018 (see

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Seven Key Trends Shaping ESG

Graeme Kerr

From climate change to human rights, PEI’s Graeme Kerr highlights the issues driving the ESG agenda at private equity firms. There is a quiet environmental, social and governance revolution going on among general partners. That was apparent from a recent survey of GPs by Capital Dynamics, which found that 28 percent of GPs said the

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The Impact of ESG And Stakeholder Engagement in Private Capital Investing

Gregory Smith

The practice of considering environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in investing has evolved significantly over the past two decades, reflecting greater public and stakeholder interest in sustainability, shifting regulations and the impact of social media. More than ever before, managing ESG issues requires collaboration and communication within companies and industries, and between businesses and

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Insights from the Coller Capital Global Private Equity Barometer

Paul Lanna

While the private equity industry is continuing to grow, its shape is starting to become fixed, according to Coller Capital’s latest Global Private Equity Barometer, which has been gauging Limited Partners’ plans twice-yearly since 2004. 2017 set new records in terms of funds raised for private equity, but the Barometer suggests that certain structural rigidities

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Hockeystick’s Taxonomy: Leveraging Standardized Data in Canada’s Private Capital Ecosystem

Hockeystick has been supporting financial reporting for private companies for many years. The company’s aim is to provide accurate data by drawing from a number of sources—funds, startup programs, companies, etc. In doing so, however, they often come across several data sources that describe the same metrics and entities, but use different terminologies. Consequently, Hockeystick

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Benefits of Outsourcing Fund Administration


Written by Justin Krieger, CommonWealth Fund Services Ltd. In the years since the financial market correction, the fund administration industry has experienced great change. From technology to valuation methodologies to reporting standards and even how administrators hold assets in custody for clients, the industry as a whole is perpetually shifting, morphing, and in many cases