Biggest corporate finance/non-mining mergers and acquisitions of 2015

Ranked by size of the deal in CAD

Published April 5, 2016. Updated July 11, 2016. Deal #13 in the print version, valued at $155.9 million, has been removed. It was a different valuation of deal #11, below. One of two lists comprising the Top 100 corporate finance deals feature; see also biggest stock and debt deals of 2015. Sources: Interviews with companies below, agents and/or advisers and BIV research. Foreign currency has been converted using Bank of Canada's closing rate on date of deal announcement.

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Rank '16FootnotesAcquiring companyTarget companyDate transaction announcedDate transaction completedDescription of the dealPartial list of agents and advisersDeal value in CAD
1 Northern Property Real Estate Investment Trust
Privately held
True North Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust
October 30, 2015 Northern Property REIT (now Northview Apartment REIT) completed transactions involving the acquisition of True North Apartment REIT and certain multi-family real estate assets from affiliates of, and joint ventures with, Starlight Investments Ltd Bloom Lanys; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP; Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP; Davies LLP $3,000,000,000
2 BayBridge Seniors Housing Inc
Amica Mature Lifestyles Inc
September 2, 2015 December 17, 2015 Acquisition of Amica Mature Lifestyles Inc by BayBridge Seniors Housing Inc Canaccord Genuity; CIBC World Markets; Gowling WLG; Stikeman Elliott LLP $1,070,000,000
3 Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp
OnCore Biopharma Inc
Privately held
January 11, 2015 March 4, 2015 Creation of a new global company, Arbutus Biopharma, focused on developing a curative regimen for hepatitis B patients Cooley LLP; Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP; Lawson Lundell LLP; Lazard; White & Case LLP $889,950,000
4 The Match Group Inc
Plentyoffish Media Inc
Privately held
July 14, 2015 October 28, 2015 The Match Group's subsidiary, Canada Ltd, completed its acquisition of Plentyoffish Media Inc for US$575 million cash. The Match Group also owns, OkCupid and Tinder Goodmans LLP; McMillan LLP; Venable LLP; Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz $732,550,000
5 WhiteWave Foods Co
Vega and VMG Partners
June 15, 2015 August 1, 2015 WhiteWave Foods Co completed its US$550 million acquisition of Sequel Naturals Ltd dba Vega Foods, maker of plant-based nutrition products Haynes and Boone LLP; McMillan LLP; Mogan Daniels Slager LLP; Stikeman Elliott LLP; Winston & Strawn LLP $677,435,000

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