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The Impact of ESG And Stakeholder Engagement in Private Capital Investing

Gregory Smith
PE

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
PE

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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Opinion

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

PE

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

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A Winning Strategy: Why Revenue Financing is Moneyball for Tech Startups

By Greg Smith, Chief Investment Officer TIMIA Capital I don’t know why I love baseball. Perhaps it’s my optimistic nature that no game is lost until the last out of the final inning. Maybe it’s the combination of numbers and athleticism that appeals to my sport geek side, or watching all of the work and

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Cyber Insurance – What Do You Need to Know?

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By Imran Ahmad Partner, Miller Thomson LLP Earlier this summer, when the University of Calgary was the victim of a ransomware attack, it publicly said that the cyber insurance it had purchased proved invaluable in dealing with the fallout of the attack. No doubt, organizations are increasingly looking at getting insurance that can help them

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Canada’s Tech Sector: An Economic Goliath

A new report by the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship illustrates the impact and contribution of Canada’s impressive tech sector on the economy and workforce. Canada’s tech sector has no doubt become a major driver of innovation and a dependable source of economic growth for the foreseeable future. In fact, new research from the Brookfield Institute for

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Buyer beware: If you underestimate the importance of cybersecurity during due diligence, you will pay the consequences

PE

Article originally published in May 2016 edition of Private Capital Magazine By Imran Ahmad Partner, Cybersecurity Practice, Miller Thomson LLP Imagine the following scenario: A Waterloo-based company is developing an innovative technology that integrates artificial intelligence into the aerospace manufacturing process. A private equity firm, seeing a great opportunity to invest in a technology that

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A look at 4 alternative financing structures & their benefits

There’s no doubt that PE and VC firms are well aware of the various risk factors that come to light when making an investment in a company. Company founders and owners are constantly on the lookout for ways they can limit their risk in an investment while ensuring they receive proper growth capital needed to

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Roads to riches: A look at alternative financing structures and the implications for raising growth capital

Article originally published in May 2016 edition of Private Capital Magazine By Ben Gibbons Partner, Corporate Finance, Collins Barrow Toronto LLP While private equity and venture capital firms are always focused on identifying ways to de-risk their investment in a company, alternative financing structures can help a company minimize dilution and still ensure they receive