Uncertainty as the new normal: Finding PE and VC opportunities


Continued trade and economic uncertainty mixed with the high valuations and low inventory of quality deals continue to affect private equity (PE) activity in Canada – fewer dollars were invested by PE funds in the first half of 2019 as compared to the same timeframe in 2018. At the same time venture capital (VC) investment in Canada hit a record high in the first half of 2019. PE and VC firms are assessing their opportunities and options in these uncertain times.

During evaluation, it is key to understand and manage the evolving risks in order to remain successful. How can PE and VC firms navigate a new investment and mergers and acquisitions environment, structure themselves to support ongoing growth and access opportunities in new geographies?

Bringing together professionals from a cross-section of PE and VC functions, the panel will highlight various perspectives on recent trends and opportunities for PE and VC funds, including:  

  • Challenges and opportunities in raising a PE or VC fund under current market conditions 
  • Thoughts on how PE and VC funds structure themselves and their transactions to support global investment plans and maximize investment returns and efficiency
  • Updates on the current investment and mergers and acquisition environment and the various strategic, legal, tax and regulatory considerations 
  • Insights on how PE and VC firms manage tax matters, and how to keep abreast of and address new trends and challenges 
  • An analysis of common challenges that foreign-owned funds may encounter when structuring U.S.-based investments, including comments on how U.S. tax reform may affect foreign investors in PE and VC funds 
  • Updates and commentary on current due diligence trends


  • Moderator: Stephen Rupnarain, partner, RSM Canada
  • Panelist: Ian Palm, partner, Gowling WLG
  • Panelist: Derek Chan, vice president, tax, Northleaf Capital Partners
  • Panelist: Elaine Kunda, managing partner, Disruption Ventures
  • Panelist: Mitch Siegel, partner, RSM US


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

8:00am - 9:30am EST

RSM Canada
11 King St. West, Suite 700
Toronto, ON


This presentation may qualify for up to 1 hour of verifiable CPD for Accountants in Canada*
*Depending on Provincial CPD requirements.