Canadian Dealmakers

Canadian Dealmakers

February 18, 2009 21:00 ET

Deloitte: Top Performing Dealmakers Honoured at 2nd Annual Gala

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 18, 2009) - The second annual Canadian Dealmakers Gala was held this evening, in celebration of the best M&A deals of 2008. Strategists, corporate executives, investment bankers and lawyers in advisory and underwriting roles in M&A were honoured. Founded by Deloitte, Lexpert®, The Globe and Mail and Thomson Reuters, the awards recognize Canadian companies that have created value through M&A transactions.

The leading Deal Team of the Year award was presented to the TMX Group Inc. for the merger of the TSX Group Inc. and the Montreal Exchange Inc., completed May 1st, 2008.

"This event celebrates the significant value that can be created through M&A and recognizes the best deals of 2008. Every merger, acquisition, joint venture, disposition or strategic alliance has the potential to unlock significant value, but only a few achieve the level of success recognized here," says Charles Knight, Deloitte partner and National M&A Transaction Services leader.

The awards honour Canadian companies and individuals whose transactions have significantly impacted their industry through innovation and growth; establishment of best practices; enhancement of customer needs and products; and creation of value.

The judging panel considered quantitative factors, including value creation, financial soundness and improved industry ranking as well as qualitative factors, including strength of deal thesis, complexity of the deal, pre-integration planning and extent of post-merger integration activities.

"In spite of a quieter M&A year, this year's high-profile transactions continue to represent excellence in deal-making in Canada," says Mr. Knight. "Looking forward, volatile markets will affect the look and feel, as well as the pace and scope of deals as economies adjust to the reality of the day."

The Canadian Dealmakers Gala was attended by over 300 corporate executives, legal professionals and investment bankers. The net proceeds raised from the Gala were donated to Junior Achievement of Canada.

The Canadian Dealmakers of 2008 award winners are:

Recipient Award Acquisition Value (US$ Recipient Acquisition
millions) Advisors Advisors
TMX Group Deal Montreal 1,189 - Davies - Ogilvy
Inc. (Toronto, Team Exchange Ward Renault
Ontario and of the Inc. Phillips & LLP
Montreal, Year Vineberg - National
Quebec) Award LLP Bank
- Cleary Financial
Gottlieb Inc.
Steen & - Citigroup
Hamilton LLP Global
- BMO Capital Markets
Markets Inc.
- Desjardins
Canada Inc.
- CIBC Mellon
Canadian Indust- Elgin, 300 - Freeborn &
National rials Joliet Peters LLP
Railway Award and Eastern - Harkins
Company Railway Cunningham
(Montreal, Company LLP
Quebec) - Buchanan
Ingersoll &
Rooney PC
Colabor Mid- Gestion 88 - McCarthy BCF LLP
Income Fund Market Bertrand & Tetrault LLP
(Boucherville, Award Frares Inc. - Belanger
Quebec) Sauve LLP
- National
Financial Inc.
- Raymond
Chabot Grant
Thornton LLP
Dorel Consumer Cannondale 200 - Schiff - Fasken
Industries Inc. Business Bicycle Hardin Martineau
(Montreal) Award Corporation LLP DuMoulin
- Heenan LLP
Blaikie LLP - Squire,
- Richards, Sanders &
Layton & Dempsey
Finger LLP LLP
- Holland Van - Morrison
Gijzen Cohen LLP
Advocaten - Deutsche
en Bank AG
Notarissen (USA)
- Lenz &
- Stifel,
Nicolaus &
- Royal Bank
Enerplus Energy Focus 1,223 - Blake, - Burnet,
Resources Award Energy Cassels & Duckworth
Fund (Calgary) Trust Graydon LLP & Palmer
- RBC Capital LLP
Markets - Scotia
- BMO Capital Waterous
Markets Inc.
Goldcorp Inc. Mining Gold Eagle 1,291 - Cassels - Fraser
(Vancouver, Award Mines Ltd. Brock & Milner
British Blackwell Casgrain
Columbia) LLP LLP
- Macquarie - BMO
Capital Nesbitt
Markets Burns,
Canada Ltd. Inc.
- J.P. Morgan
Ontario Util- SAESA 1,287 - Torys LLP - Dewey &
Teachers' ities Group - Barros & LeBoeuf
Pension Plan Award Errazuriz LLP
(Toronto, Abogados - Credit
Ontario) - Dresdner Suisse
Kleinwort Group
- Morgan
- PA
- Bitran &
- SW
- Newenche
Kinross Gold Foreign Aurelian 921 - Osler, - Cassels
Corporation Outbound Resources Hoskin Brock &
(Toronto, Award Inc. & Harcourt Blackwell
Ontario) LLP LLP
- Scotia - Stikeman
Capital Inc. Elliott
- Rothschild LLP
Inc. - BMO
- CIBC World Nesbitt
Markets Inc. Burns,
- Dundee
Yara Foreign Saskferco 1,590 - Stikeman - MacPher-
International Inbound Products Elliott LLP son
ASA (Oslo, Award ULC Leslie &
Norway) Tyerman
Open Text Value Humming- 462 - Osler, - Goodmans
Corporation Creation bird Ltd. Hoskin & LLP
(Waterloo, Award Harcourt - Skadden,
Ontario) LLP Arps,
- Gardiner Slate,
Roberts LLP Meagher &
- Mayer, Flom LLP
Brown, Rowe - Banc of
and Maw LLP America
- RBC Capital Secur-
Markets ities LLC
- Deloitte & - Lehman
Touche LLP Brothers
Source: Thomson Financial

About the Dealmakers Awards

As the only program of its kind in Canada, Canadian Dealmakers recognizes participants whose M&A activities have made a significant contribution to Canadian business. The awards honour Canadian companies and individuals whose transactions have significantly impacted their industry through innovation and growth; establishment of best practices; enhancement of customer needs and products; and creation of value. The Canadian Dealmakers awards are jointly run by Deloitte, Lexpert®, The Globe and Mail and Thomson Reuters and draw on a panel of eminent judges.

About Deloitte

Deloitte, one of Canada's leading professional services firms, provides audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services through more than 7,700 people in 57 offices. Deloitte operates in Quebec as Samson Belair/Deloitte & Touche s.e.n.c.r.l. Deloitte is the Canadian member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, a Swiss Verein, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity. Please see for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and its member firms.

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