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Eric Klein, Partner in MA Canada, comments on the M&A landscape of this country in Corporate Financier magazine

2nd July 2015

Canada is a land not only rich in natural resources – its markets are on the up too. Brian Bollen of Corporate Financier, looks at the private equity and M&A landscapes of the ‘Great White North’

Bollen writes: Last year was a record year for private equity investing in Canada. According to data from Preqin, there was $20.9bn invested in buy-outs last year. And according to Canadian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (CVCA), a total of (US) $32.6bn was invested by private equity – a record. Increasingly, cumulative fundraising by Canada-focused private equity funds has resulted in buy-out funds in the country sitting on $20.6bn of dry powder.

When it comes to regulation, Canada “takes a little bit from the US, a little from the UK and a little from itself,” quips Eric Klein, partner at Farber Financial Group. Anticompetition laws in Canada are similar to those in the US, which it possibly borrows more from.

“In a competitive market, the ability of private equity firms to move more quickly than would-be trade buyers can give them an irresistible edge,” suggests Eric Klein, partner and managing director of corporate finance transactions at Farber Financial in Toronto, part of the Mergers Alliance international network.

Later in the story, Klein says, "Reflecting the importance of natural resources to Canada’s economy, deals struck in the west of the country tend to be industry-specific, mainly in oil and gas.”

Eric Klein, is a partner and managing director at Farber Financial Group. He can be reached at 416.496.3742 or eklein@farberfinancial.com.

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