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Sampford Advisors Continues to Build Team

Sampford Advisors grows its team so that it can continue to provide first class mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and capital raising advisory services to its clients in Ottawa and the surrounding area..

Kanata North rides a perfect storm of opportunity

The President and CEO of boutique investment bank Sampford Advisors is positive on the flow of capital into Kanata North.              

VENTUREBEAT: TECH EXITS in 1Q17: IPOs and M&A remain strong

All in all, I am very encouraged by what I am seeing in the M&A market, as the number of transactions is up for the second quarter in a row...

OBJ: Ottawa M&A firm Sampford Advisors expanding to Toronto

The company, which helps tech companies through the complicated waters of M&A, employs six people in Ottawa and is adding Evan Pilz as its man on the ground in the GTA.

VENTUREBEAT - Tech exits in Q2 2017: More IPOs but slowing M&A activity

As for M&A, we’ve seen a large drop off in the dollar volume of transactions for the first half of 2017, but the number of overall transactions is still relatively strong.

TechVIBES: Making Sense of the Erratic Venture Capital Tech Market

We recommend starting your search for capital early, talking to as many providers of capital as possible and when you do come to raise, raising enough to provide a cushion to the next anticipated capital event.

OBJ: Op-ed: Tech lessons from SaaSNorth in Ottawa

While at SaaSNorth, the Sampford team had the opportunity to sit in on a variety of discussions led by leading executives from various companies and investment funds and we’re pleased to present our key takeaways from the conference.




Every year, the team at Sampford Advisors surveys tech CEOs from across Canada with regards to how constructive the business environment is, and their views on opportunities and challenges for the year ahead.

Ottawa-based ConceptShare acquired by U.S. firm

An Ottawa-based software firm has been acquired by a U.S. company looking to fill out its portfolio of creative industry offerings. Ottawa-based Sampford Advisors acted as M&A adviser to ConceptShare.



At the SaaS North conference in Ottawa—HQ to Canada’s largest e-commerce company, Shopify— this week, over 1,500 attendees and 500 companies learned and discussed scaling up SaaS businesses.


The dos and don'ts of M&As & IPOs for Ottawa businesses

For a company looking to be acquired, it's important to be patient and seek out the best offer, said Ed Bryant, CEO of Sampford Advisors


Video: What Ottawa companies need to consider about mergers and acquisitions

Is selling your homegrown company a sin? Not according to Ed Bryant of Sampford Advisors.    

Wi-LAN to Acquire International Road Dynamics

Sampford Advisors is acting as financial advisor to WiLAN                                                    


Harris Computer Systems acquires Ottawa-based Magor

Sampford Advisors, an Ottawa-based consultancy specializing in mergers and acquisitions, assisted Magor with its strategic review.

GLOBE & MAIL: Ottawa investment bank moves into Toronto

Sampford recently opened a Toronto office and is targeting private technology deals in the $10-million to $100-million range – a niche that the firm’s founder says is underserved.


So, we recommend that SaaS companies begin actively tracking what is happening with the exchange rate, have a plan in place to accommodate future changes, and potentially use hedging strategies to offset risk.

PRWeb: Martello Completes Merger with Elfiq

This transaction offers value for customers and shareholders”, says John Proctor, Martello’s President and CEO. “We’ll grow faster and solve our customer’s problems more effectively".  Sampford Advisors acted as exclusive M&A adviser to Martello.


QuickTapSurvey, a survey app that allows companies to create online and offline surveys, has been acquired by an undisclosed US buyer. Sampford closed the acquisition. Launched in 2010, the Toronto company boasts clients like Disney, Nike, and McDonald’s.

Eyeing new markets, Ottawa software firm Solufy acquired by U.S. firm

Ottawa-based Solufy, which counts the likes of NASA and Disney among its clients, announced this week it had been acquired by a U.S. firm, ending its 15-year independent streak in the capital.

Magor Provides Update on the Previous Announced Strategic Review

Today, the special committee has appointed Sampford Advisors Inc. as its financial advisor to pursue an effective process in exploring strategic alternatives.


So the next time you hear someone putting down Canadian entrepreneurs for selling their tech businesses too early, you can let them know it’s simply not true.                                        

Ottawa’s WiLAN dives into IoT with $63.5M acquisitioN   

Its $63.5-million acquisition of IRD will position the company in its new space as a holding firm for companies involved in the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) sector.

Canadian CEOs want money, talent, gov't support, survey by Sampford finds

Sampford Advisors’ annual survey of Canadian tech CEOs shows that raising capital and acquiring talent are top of mind of the nation’s executives.

REUTErs PRESS DIGEST: top stories from select canadian newspapers

Ottawa-based investment bank Sampford Advisors is expanding and hoping it can make a dent in the competitive Toronto market for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) advice

Ottawa’s business champions fêted at BOBs awards gala

The awards aim to recognize the most successful and innovative companies and business leaders who are driving economic growth and prosperity in the nation's capital. Sampford was Best New Business.

OBJ: Ottawa’s Martello merges with Montreal firm

With ambitions of going public later this year, Martello Technologies is starting 2018 with a merger that its CEO says completes its product offerings. Ottawa-based Sampford Advisors acted as the M&A adviser on the deal.  

Frontier Capital continues Canadian shopping spree with purchase of Agreement Express

“There are more bootstrapped companies than VC-funded ones” in Canada, said Ed Bryant, chief executive of Ottawa-based Sampford Advisors, a technology-focused mergers and acquisitions advisory firm.

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M&A hot streak continues for Kanata’s Martello following $12M purchase of Dutch firm

Kanata-based Martello, which makes software that helps enterprises manage rising bandwidth demands and troubleshoot issues as they occur, announced Monday it is acquiring Netherlands-based Savision B.V. in a cash-and-stock deal worth about C$12 million. Ottawa-based Sampford Advisors acted as the M&A adviser on the transaction.