The Financial Post reports in its Thursday edition that as the top financier for the first half of the year, RBC Capital Markets acted as bookrunner on 156 deals worth $37.5-billion in debt and equity during the period. The Post's Stephanie Marotta writes that second in the Financial Post's league tables was National Bank Financial, which worked on 122 deals that raised $29.6-billion. TD Securities came in third, with 105 deals and $27.6-billion in financing. Fourth was Scotia Capital, with 119 deals and $26.5-billion, followed by CIBC World Markets at 127 deals and $26-billion. BMO Capital Markets ranked sixth with 133 deals and $25.6-billion. Seventh place was also the highest-ranking non-Canadian firm, Bofa Securities, with 41 deals and $14.5-billion raised. Ownership equity issuance boomed. The number of deals surged 140 per cent to 477, and the total value of deals climbed 125 per cent to $35-billion -- nearly as much as all of 2020. Canadian tech darling Shopify booked the largest share sale, raising $1.96-billion in February. At the time, the e-commerce company's stock price was at a record high. In March, Telus raised $1.3-billion to invest in broadband connectivity and rollout of its national 5G network.
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