COVID-19: Mergers and Acquisitions Resources

The global coronavirus outbreak is changing M&A practice in Canada as the market adjusts to the reality of social distancing, border controls and reduced economic activity.

What We Are Seeing

We are working with clients on transactions at various stages and the pandemic is raising questions in a number of areas including:
  • Material adverse changes
  • Due diligence
  • Purchase price adjustments
  • Representations and warranties
  • Outside date issues and termination rights
  • Interim period covenants
  • Earn-outs

Current Considerations in Public M&A (March 31, 2020)
COVID-19 Issues in Canadian M&A: What We’re Seeing So Far (March 18, 2020)

Competition Matters

Our Competition Group has looked at the impact of the pandemic on merger reviews from a substance and timeline perspective:

Competition Law in Canada: What, If Anything, Changes in a Crisis Situation? (March 24, 2020)

Legal Technology Tools

With social distancing being a public health objective and many organizations working remotely, we are using a number of our legal technology tools to support clients’ with their legal and business objectives. Some of those legal technology tools include:

  • Closing Folders: facilitates document sharing in the context of closings and automates the creation of signatures packages, the tracking of signatures and the generation of the closing book.
  • Luminance: uses AI to automate the due diligence process.
  • DocuSign: enables the electronic exchange of signatures.


Please contact any member of our Mergers and Acquisitions Group.