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FT Partners Advises Alpha in its Acquisition by the Maple Group

Overview of Transaction
  • On April 30, 2012, Maple Group Acquisition Corporation ("Maple") and TMX Group ("TMX") announced agreements for Maple to acquire Alpha Trading Systems Inc. ("Alpha") for an aggregate consideration of C$175 mm
  • Maple's investors comprise 13 Canadian financial institutions and pension funds
  • Maple and TMX also announced an agreement to acquire The Canadian Depository for Securities ("CDS") for an aggregate consideration of C$167.5 mm
  • Maple completed the acquisitions of Alpha and CDS on August 1, 2012
  • Maple's acquisition of TMX Group for approximately C$3.8 bn was dependent on the acquisitions of Alpha and CDS
Significance of Transaction
  • Maple, a consortium of Canadian bank-owned dealers, large Canadian financial institutions and Canadian pension funds, was established in May 2011 to acquire the TMX in order to thwart London Stock Exchange's attempted merger with TMX
  • The overarching goal of combining of TMX, Alpha and CDS is to realize a stronger and more globally competitive exchange and clearing organization, all while operating mainly within Canada
FT Partners' Role
  • FT Partners advised Alpha in its strategic and financial negotiations held with Maple and its advisors