Sizable Canadian independents an endangered species amid M&A frenzy

Canadian independents with significant natural gas and land positions are at some risk of becoming an endangered species, with a spate of takeover deals already on the books this year.Other issues facing companies include land access, aboriginal rights, and the need for regulatory streamlining.M&A actionSayer Securities Ltd., Calgary, an investment firm specializing in oil industry merger and acquisition (M&A) activity, recorded the highest dollar value in deals in the past decade in first half 2001. The total value of more than 70 M&A deals was $21 billion (Can.) in the first 6 months of this year. The total was swelled by several multibillion-dollar takeovers of large Canadian independ...

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