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The latest in Canadian health clinic acquisitions

Author(s): Joyce M. Bernasek, Susan Newell, Michael Watts, Tearney Johnston-Jones

Dec 13, 2021

The ongoing surge in merger and acquisition transactions since 2020 has been widely commented on throughout the past year. As the initial hesitancy towards engaging in M&A activities early in the pandemic wore off, private equity firms became increasingly active, motivated by a need to deploy unused capital that had built up during earlier lulls before the expiration of applicable investment periods. In addition, M&A activity in Canada has been driven by historically low interest rates and increasing confidence in the economy’s recovery as the pandemic starts to ease. With access to idle pools of funds, low interest rates and a dramatic rise in activity levels, foreign investors have entered the Canadian marketplace with fervor, particularly in the health sector.

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