18 Sep 2019

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Corporate Finance team is pleased to announce the successful refinancing transaction of Pasta Romana Foods and Pizza Romana (hereinafter individually ‘‘Pasta Romana’’ or ‘‘Pizza Romana’’, and together the ‘‘Company’’).

Pasta Romana is a family-owned and operated business founded in 1996 by Mr. Bernard Filippone and his sons, and headquartered in Montréal, Quebec, Canada.

For over 23 years, Pasta Romana has been offering a wide variety of high-quality fresh and frozen pastas, catering to big box retailers through both the Pasta Romana brand and its private label segment.

More recently, the Company, through its new entity Pizza Romana, has leveraged its proven expertise in operations and product development by acquiring a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility to add high-quality frozen pizzas to its portfolio, which has seen tremendous momentum and success since inception.

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Pasta Romana concludes a refinancing transaction to support growth

The Company strives to never waiver from what has made it successful: products prepared as they would be at home and made fresh without any compromise to quality. Today, Pasta Romana and Pizza Romana have grown to become significant players in the Canadian food manufacturing industry, operating two state-of-the-art plants in Montréal North and in Lachine, where the Company has the capacity to produce 2,300 kg of pasta, 1,000 litres of sauce and 3,000 kg of pizza on an hourly basis.

The Company called on Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton to review and optimize its financial structure. Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Corporate Finance team acted as exclusive financial advisor to the Company which now has a streamlined, adaptable and flexible structure that will allow it to seize new business opportunities in a very active industry.

“The Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Corporate Finance team significantly simplified our refinancing process.” states Mr. Michael Filippone, Vice President of Operations at Pasta Romana. “With their knowledge, expertise, and large network in the debt market, Mark and his team allowed our Company to obtain the most favourable terms and conditions, as well as the financial flexibility to sustain our growth. In addition to their deep understanding of our industry, they managed the entire process in a very professional manner and allowed for a seamless process from start to finish. We will certainly reach out to them on our next transaction.”

To learn more about how Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton can help meet the needs of your business, please contact our deal team.

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Our leading mid-market focused corporate finance advisory team provides sector-specific advice on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, debt and equity capital markets. We bring deep industry knowledge to each transaction to support our clients’ corporate finance strategies and priorities.

A Quebec and Canadian leader in the areas of assurance, tax, advisory services and business recovery and reorganization, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton boasts more than 2,600 professionals. Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is a member company of Grant Thornton International and the Canadian counterpart of Grant Thornton LLP. Our global footprint spans across more than 135 countries with over 53,000 people who provide real insight, a fresh perspective and agility to keep clients moving ahead.

Deal team:

Mark Rossi
Simon Marcotte-Légaré
Justine Bergeron

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16 Sep 2019

Catallaxy, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s subsidiary takes its blockchain and cryptocurrency expertise worldwide with the signing of a partnership agreement with Grant Thornton Switzerland/Liechtenstein.

Under the agreement, Catallaxy will handle all of their projects involving cryptocurrency auditing over the next two years. Additionally, the Swiss/Liechtenstein firm wants to use Abacus, the cryptocurrency audit software solution developed by Catallaxy. This unique association provides Grant Thornton international visibility and widespread potential.

Emilio B. Imbriglio, President and CEO of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton said: “When we created Catallaxy in 2017, we wanted to make Montréal a global blockchain technology expertise centre in the Grant Thornton organization. The agreement signed with GT Switzerland/Liechtenstein marks the achievement of this objective.”

GT Switzerland/Liechtenstein’s clientele includes numerous cryptocurrency entities, representing some 30 projects for Catallaxy in the coming years. This first agreement should pave the way for more partnerships with other member firms of Grant Thornton around the world.

Michel Besner, Managing Director of Catallaxy stated: “Switzerland/Liechtenstein’s regulatory framework has prompted many cryptocurrency foundations to set up in that country, creating a strategic centre in the world of cryptocurrencies. We are pleased to provide our expertise, support and technological tools to help GT Switzerland/Liechtenstein become a leader in their country.”

Marco Valenti, from GT Switzerland/Liechtenstein added: “As the cryptocurrency sector is expanding in Switzerland/Liechtenstein, it’s a plus to be able to count on the benefits of the Grant Thornton organization and call on our best specialists, such as Catallaxy. Thanks to our collaboration, we will be in a position to better serve our clients’ interests and position ourselves as market leaders. The agreement was prompted by our desire to become more competitive in this growing area.”

Cryptocurrency audits
The surge in cryptocurrencies has led an increasing number of organizations to own these types of currencies. Because of recent government positions on cryptocurrency legislation, it is imperative for auditors to obtain an understanding of this new asset class in order to implement sufficient and appropriate audit procedures. This translates into a range of issues in practice. The lack of regulations, immature technologies, security considerations and the quantity of data are major challenges for auditors and businesses alike.

The combination of an exclusive technology and a real-time audit software solution developed by Catallaxy gives Grant Thornton a competitive edge with a unique service offering specifically designed for digital asset audits that meet the auditor’s needs.

About Catallaxy
A Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton subsidiary, Catallaxy develops products in the fields of finance, accounting, digital economy and digitization of physical assets (consumer goods, food assets, real estate, manufacturing and legal documents).

Catallaxy has a group of experts in innovative technologies, such as cryptographic data analysis, blockchain, tokenization and artificial intelligence.

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12 Sep 2019

MONTRÉAL, September 12, 2019 – Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is proud to partner again with Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business for the second edition of the Person of the Year Awards.

Candidate applications will be received from September 11, 2019 to November 30, 2019 and the contest is open to leaders from across Quebec. Nominations can be recommended or submitted directly online.

The Person of the Year Awards celebrate business people who are actively involved in the development of local visionary companies and the emergence of tomorrow’s talent.

Emilio B. Imbriglio, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton President and CEO said: “The Person of the Year Awards are an opportunity to celebrate trailblazing Quebec leaders who bring local and international exposure to Quebec. The first edition was an undeniable success and we encourage other business leaders to submit their candidacy for this contest.”

A productive collaboration between academia and business

Anne-Marie Croteau, Dean of the John Molson School of Business stated: “The Person of the Year Awards are unique in that they help inspire students at the John Molson School of Business. Our goal is to make our teaching as rigorous and practical as possible, so that our graduates are ready to contribute to Quebec’s economy and social development. The association between Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and the John Molson School of Business makes this all the more tangible and relevant for our future leaders.”

Award categories

The Person of the Year Awards contest recognizes both established and up-and-coming leaders and those working in the background who make a difference, be it through innovation, international development, strategic transactions or strong leadership.

  • Eclipse: Entrepreneur or executive who eclipses the competition and transforms the industry through a culture of innovation. A leader who moves the market or creates a brand new one.
  • Glocal: Entrepreneur or executive who has contributed to the international advancement of a Quebec-based company while creating jobs locally.
  • Instinct: Leader of an investment team who carried out a transaction that ensures the growth of a local leading-edge business.
  • Person of the Year: Entrepreneur or executive whose vision and leadership have carried the organization to a new level.

A multifaceted selection committee

The Selection Committee is composed of John Molson School of Business professors and inspiring leaders from the world of business in Quebec:

  • Hubert Bolduc, President and CEO, Montréal International
  • Étienne Borgeat, President and CEO and Co-Founder, PsyXnovation
  • Ingrid Chadwick, Ph. D., Associate Professor, John-Molson School of Business
  • Stéphane Brutus, Professor, John Molson School of Business
  • Alexandra Panaccio, Ph. D., Vice-Rector and Associate Professor, John Molson School of Business
  • Bastien Poulain, President and CEO and Founder, 1642

Important dates

Candidacies will be received between September 11, 2019 and November 30, 2019. The 16 finalists will be announced in March 2020 and the four winners will be revealed at the Gala event in May 2020 in Montréal.

A look back at the first edition

During the inaugural Person of the Year Awards Gala, more than 500 people gathered at the Salle des pas perdus in Windsor Station to recognize leaders who dared to dream. The first Person of the Year cohort showcased four leaders who, in their own way, contributed to the success of their business and Quebec as a whole: Dominic Gagnon, Co-Founder, Connect&Go, Patrice Marin, Co-Founder, district m and Marie-Claude Boisvert, Partner, Clearspring Capital Partners. Lino A. Saputo, Jr., President and CEO, Saputo Inc. received the Person of the Year award. Lastly, Nathalie Lehoux, Happy President of Pacini, received the “Jury’s Choice” award.

To find out more about the selection criteria and process and important dates to submit or recommend a candidate, visit www.rcgt.com/en/awards.

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is a professional services firm dedicated to the success of organizations and their leaders since 1948. The firm‘s advisors are committed to helping clients thrive by obtaining a deep understanding of what is important to them, their business and their industry. This knowledge, combined with a team of motivated and talented professionals help accelerate growth. A Quebec and Canadian leader in the areas of assurance, tax, advisory services and business recovery and reorganization, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton boasts more than 2,600 professionals, including approximately 200 partners, working in over 100 offices across the province of Quebec and in the Ottawa and Edmundston regions.

Together with Grant Thornton LLP, another Canadian firm, and the Grant Thornton global organization, our global footprint spans across more than 135 countries with over 53,000 people who provide real insight, a fresh perspective and agility to keep clients moving ahead.

About John Molson School of Business
Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business is one of the largest business schools in the world. Focused on academic excellence, John Molson School of Business provides an engaging learning and research environment that inspires us to go beyond the commonplace for the development of business and society. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business since 1997, John Molson School of Business offers programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. John Molson School of Business’s internationally renowned faculty members are constantly pushing the boundaries of business research, and its experiential learning activities provide students with hands-on training that complements classroom instruction. The school’s state-of-the-art facilities are housed in the LEED Silver-certified John Molson School of Business Building, the vibrant green centre of Concordia University’s Sir George Williams Campus in downtown Montréal.

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Source:
Francis Letendre
Head – Public Affairs
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Tel.: 514-390-4201
[email protected]

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19 Aug 2019

With more than twenty-five years of professional experience in North America and Europe, Vincent Cartier joins Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s management consulting team.

Vincent Cartier’s arrival in our Management Consulting team will solidify the firm’s risk management and internal audit expertise thanks to the 25 years of professional experience in North America and Europe.

Vincent is motivated by the practical assistance he provides his clients. He supports organizations in various sectors in setting business risk priorities and developing efficient and effective risk management methods. He believes “that there is nothing more rewarding than hearing ‘Thank you!’ from a satisfied client.”

A stronger service offering

In his new role, Vincent will be working with Nicolas Plante, Partner and Leader of the Management Consulting Group and his team.

“We are very pleased to welcome Vincent to our team. His wide-ranging experience with large corporations and extensive business network will help further expand our group’s significant service offering,” says Nicolas Plante.

Vincent Cartier