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OMERS’ Golf Town to expand U.S. presence

OMERS Private Equity-owned retailer Golf Town is expanding south of the border by acquiring Golfsmith International Holdings Inc., a similar U.S.-based chain, in a deal valued at almost US$100 million.

Fiera, Roycom to create real estate investment company

Fiera Properties Limited and Roycom Inc. are merging their businesses in order to create a new real estate investment management company. The company will focus on providing pooled fund and segregated account management services.

  • By: Staff
  • April 4, 2012 September 13, 2019
  • 10:35
Som Seif leaving BlackRock

BlackRock Investments Canada has announced the departure of Som Seif, former president and CEO of Claymore Investments, the ETF firm bought by BlackRock in January of this year. “We’d like to thank Som for his innovation and contribution to the Canadian ETF marketplace and for his guidance through the transition” said Mary Anne Wiley, managing […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 2, 2012 September 13, 2019
  • 09:08
CFOs more optimistic: survey

North America’s chief financial officers were feeling more optimistic in the first quarter, marking a rebound from six months of declining sentiment, according to the latest CFO Signals survey from Deloitte.

OMERS wins Canadian Dealmakers award

OMERS Private Equity (OPE), the private equity investment arm of OMERS, is the recipient of the 2012 Canadian Dealmakers Mid Market Private Equity Award.

  • By: Staff
  • March 1, 2012 September 13, 2019
  • 12:12
Pensions, banks prop up M&A activity

Merger and acquisition activity edged higher in Canada in the third quarter, thanks to a wave of deals by pension funds and banks, says a report released Oct. 28 by PwC. According to PwC’s Capital Markets Flash quarterly report, deal volume in the July-September period rose by 8% compared to the same quarter last year, […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 28, 2011 September 13, 2019
  • 09:35
An inside look at Towers Watson’s global total rewards strategy

A major challenge for those designing Towers Watson’s new Canadian retirement program was that there were more than 400 benefits-savvy associates looking over their shoulders. Towers Perrin and Watson Wyatt announced their merger in June 2009, with a January 2010 closing date. Work started on developing the merged consulting firm’s new pension plan in April […]

Rise of the “super consultant”

We’ve seen consolidation across a range of service providers in recent years, including insurers and custodians. Now it’s the consultants’ turn. Towers Perrin and Watson Wyatt joined forces to form Towers Watson (14,000 employees globally), completing the transaction in January 2010. And in October 2010, Aon Corporation completed its acquisition of Hewitt Associates to create […]

Pension funds lead M&A activity

Pension funds have been active in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) for the second quarter of 2011, reports the Financial Post Crosbie: Mergers & Acquisitions in Canada database. Financial sponsors had 12 mergers and acquisitions over $100 million in the second quarter of 2011, nine of which involved pension funds. The 12 transactions were valued at […]

BMO Institutional Trust Services introduced following purchase of M&I

BMO Financial Group has completed the acquisition of Milwaukee-based Marshall & Ilsley Corp. (M&I) and is creating a new business called BMO Institutional Trust Services (BMO ITS), which includes the Canadian BMO Group Retirement Services (BMO GRS) and the prior M&I Institutional Trust Service business. The new business now has more than $72 billion in […]