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P&C Insurance Brokerage Profitability – Let’s Talk Contingent Profit Commissions

June 20, 2018

Canadian Brokers understand that Contingent Profit Commissions (CPC) are a device that insurance companies use to reward good front-line underwriting, volume of premium business placed and some good c

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Valuation Date Requirements under the Family Law Act – Part One

February 14, 2018

The value of a business is expressed at a point in time. Depending on the nature of the business, its value can change significantly over time. Therefore, the selection of an appropriate valuation dat

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Selling a Professional Service Practice – Part 1: A Cautionary Tale

September 28, 2017

Top 5 mistakes people make during a professional service practice divestiture While professional service firms come in many forms, this article is focused on those organizations that have co

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The Importance of Lawyers in M&A Transactions

September 19, 2017

We hope that “Dick the Butcher” wasn’t planning to sell his butcher shop when he uttered his immortal line, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers” in Shakespeare’s play, Hen

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Management Buy-Outs and Business Transitions

July 11, 2017

While there are many different paths to financial security, it has been our experience that owning and operating your own business offers the best hope for financial success. Granted there are risks a

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Property & Casualty Brokerage Strategic Planning

March 23, 2017

Smythe LLP will soon be publishing our 2017 Property & Casualty (P&C) brokerage benchmark report. This year’s report will be ready for distribution in May and focuses on our observations of

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Key Areas of Focus in a Valuation Report

March 15, 2017

For those of us that prepare valuations on a daily basis, we see these reports as well-structured, easy-to-follow documents that explain all the key aspects of the valuation process. However, for the

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Valuations – The Bridge Between Death and Taxes

March 1, 2017

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. - Benjamin Franklin As you may already be aware, death and taxes are not mutually exclusive and there can

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Valuation Multiples – What are they?

February 9, 2017

It’s not uncommon for us to hear about company multiples whenever we flip through finance channels or scroll through the market section in our daily newspaper. Company multiples are an expression of

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The Final Steps in Selling a Business

February 3, 2017

Once the interested potential buyers have reviewed the Confidential Information Memorandum (CIM) and have provided a Letter of Intent (LOI) to the sell team, the last steps of the transaction process

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