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Mercer announced new leadership appointments to strengthen its Mergers & Acquisitions consulting capabilities in Canada.

Doug Johnson, Partner, has been appointed the Canadian M&A Leader. Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Johnson ran one of Mercer’s specialist Canadian Retirement businesses that included leadership of numerous significant corporate transactions. Earlier in his career he was a senior M&A engagement manager for Mercer’s North American Private Equity clients. He will remain based in Toronto. Bart Hermans, also a Mercer Partner and experienced global and Canadian M&A Consultant, will continue to be responsible for the Corporate M&A market including the energy sector.

“We are pleased to announce this new role for Doug, one of our most senior and experienced M&A Consultants,” said Mercer’s Ted Singeris, Senior Partner and Canada Market Leader. “Doug has an exceptional track record in advising clients how to best ensure successful outcomes in M&A transactions. In fact, he has worked on more than 250 global transactions involving both corporate and private equity clients during his 24 years at Mercer.” 

Mr. Johnson earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Actuarial Mathematics from the University of Manitoba. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.

In addition to Mr. Johnson’s new role, Luc Berneche, Partner and Client Manager in Mercer’s Calgary office, will support Mercer’s M&A business in Western Canada, with a particular focus on mining, energy and corporate/private equity clients. France Despatie, a Principal in Mercer’s Montreal office, will support the M&A business in Eastern Canada, focusing on both corporate and private equity clients.

"With the increased demand for both our sell and buy-side advisory services, these additional resources under Doug's leadership in Canada will allow us to grow our position as the pre-eminent advisor on human capital issues in transactions," said Jeff Cox, Mercer Senior Partner, North America and Private Equity M&A Group Leader.

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