Canada saw a surge in dealmaking in 2014 due to an increase in technology venture capital investment and large investments in oil and gas companies, according to Thomson Reuters. PE activity was USD 25.62 billion in 2014, and venture capital funding rose 21 percent to CAD 2.36 billion.
One mega-deal pushed the PE figure higher, namely Burger King’s takeover of Canadian coffee and donut chain Tim Hortons. Backers of the transaction were Berkshire Hathaway and Burger King’s majority investor 3G Capital.
Early stage deals grew to CAD 2.36 billion, a 21 percent jump over 2013 totals. Deals mentioned in the report included Desire2Learn, Hootsuite Media, Verafin, and Aurinia Pharmaceuticals.