Mergers and acquisitions: The grass seems to be greener in Canada

It seems Canada is leading the way in the burgeoning global cannabis market. Business experts predict that there will be more mergers and acquisitions in the coming year. But being number one comes with some responsibilities. Other countries are looking to Canada to set the stage for the legalization of cannabis in other areas and global investors are watching intently.

Transitioning from medical to recreational marijuana use is being looked upon as an experiment, and the transactions that are occurring because of the shift are many and unlike any other before them, according to experts. These changes are going to create a prime environment for business mergers and acquisitions. There will be definitive winners and losers in the industry, experts add.

Many investors like niche markets and the cannabis sector definitely qualifies. Investors are looking for something different and unique -- products that don't simply fill shelves, but that create a buzz. Companies in the cannabis business are also located in the United States, South America and Israel. They, too are keeping an eagle's watch on what transpires in Canada.

A lawyer who focuses on mergers and acquisitions can carefully guide his or her client through a plethora of transactions -- from takeover bids to amalgamations and restructuring, among others. Mergers and acquisitions in Canada are important events in the business world. The process is an intricate one that needs proper understanding since these kinds of transactions have to be in line with provincial and federal regulations. A lawyer may be able to help his or her clients understand and address the complexities and represent clients in any negotiations that take place.

Source:, "Canada at 'front of the line' in global marijuana sector: GMP's Ottaway", Rajeshni Naidu-Ghelani, April 18, 2018

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