Big4.com Reports on Deloitte- Sponsored Event Celebrating Big M&A Wins by Canadian Dealmakers

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The Canadian Dealmakers awards honours companies and individuals whose transactions have largely impacted their industry

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Founded by Deloitte, Lexpert®, The Globe and Mail and Thomson Reuters, the event celebrates the art – and the science – of some of the most high-profile transactions in recent Canadian history.

Big4.com, the premier social networking forum for professionals and alumni of Accenture, Andersen, BearingPoint, Capgemini, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC has noted that Canadian companies continued to demonstrate a leadership position and excellence in creating value through their M&A activities.

Recently corporate executives and strategists as well as investment bankers, private equity firms and lawyers in advisory and underwriting roles in M&A were honoured at the fifth annual Canadian Dealmakers gala to celebrate the best M&A deals of 2011. Over $140,000 of net proceeds have been raised from the past galas for Junior Achievement of Canada in an effort to support youth financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship experiences.

Founded by Deloitte, Lexpert®, The Globe and Mail and Thomson Reuters, the event celebrates the art – and the science – of some of the most high-profile transactions in recent Canadian history. As the only program of its kind in Canada, the Canadian Dealmakers awards honour companies and individuals whose transactions have largely impacted their industry through innovation, growth, establishment of best practices, and enhancement of products and customer service.

Quantitative and qualitative factors, including financial soundness, improved industry ranking, strength of deal thesis, complexity of the deal, and pre-merger and post-merger integration activities were all weighted when electing the winners.

The gala was attended by approximately 500 corporate executives, legal professionals and investment bankers, and featured a keynote address by Melanie Aitken, Commissioner of Competition and head of the Canadian Competition Bureau.

Charles Knight, Global M&A Transaction Service Leader with Deloitte spoke with Big4.com:

“It’s encouraging to see that Canadian companies are using M&A to secure positions in higher growth geographic and adjacent markets and that they are not shying away from M&A activity despite global uncertainty,” he said. “This year’s winners have significantly strengthened their industry and Canada’s corporate landscape.”

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