Biggest non-mining mergers and acquisitions of 2014

Ranked by size of the deal in CAD

Published April 7, 2015. Sources: Interviews with companies below, agents and/or advisers and BIV research. Foreign currency has been converted using Bank of Canada's annual average rate for 2014 of 1.045.

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Rank '15Acquiring companyTarget companyClosing dateDescription of the dealPartial list of agents and advisersDeal value in CAD
1 Advent International Corp
Lululemon Athletica 09-Sep-14 Sale of approximately one-half of Chip Wilson's direct and indirect shareholdings in Lululemon Athletica Inc Goldman Sachs, PwC, McCullough O'Connor Irwin LLP $933,302,500.00
2 Essilor International S.A.
Coastal Contacts Inc 28-Apr-14 Essilor acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Coastal Contacts in an all-cash transaction Guggenheim Securities LLC, Roth Capital Partners, BMO Capital Markets, JP Morgan, McCarthy Tetrault, Blake, Cassels & Graydon, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP $430,000,000.00
3 Slate Asset Management LP
Huntingdon Capital Corp 04-Nov-14 Arrangement between Huntingdon and Slate Capital Corp (Slate Capital), a wholly owned subsidiary of Slate, whereby Slate Capital acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of Huntingdon in a cash transaction valued at approximately $210 million Ramsey Ali, general counsel at Slate; McCarthy Tetrault LLP; Borden Ladner Gervais; Trimaven Capital Advisors Inc and Evercore Partners Canada Ltd; BMO Capital Markets $210,000,000.00
4 Anthem Properties Group Ltd
United Communities 20-Feb-14 Acquisition of United Communities Group KPMG LLP, Clark Wilson LLP, Bennett Jones, McCarthy Tetrault $200,000,000.00
5 Interfor Corp
Tolleson Lumber Co 17-Mar-14 Acquisition of Tolleson Lumber Co from Ilim Timber Continental SA for US$129.9 million in cash and retained liabilities plus 3.68 million of the company's Class A subordinate voting shares McCarthy Tetrault LLP $198,810,000.00

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