Almost $4.5 billion in private equity deals were done in Canada in 2012, representing more than 110 transactions – a 25% increase over Canada’s best year in 2008.

In part, the number of transactions, particularly in Quebec, reflects a generational transfer of ownership among the baby boomers. As well, these numbers are reflective of a large number of going-private transactions, where many companies (that had no business going public anyway) are simply giving up on the market or find they can’t live with the required level of compliance and regulation.

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