We are a full service, trusted M&A advisor with global reach, in-depth market insight and broad execution capabilities. Our group's recognized expertise across a wide range of transaction types, sizes and industries has made the firm a leading global M&A advisor.

Areas of Expertise

With dedicated M&A professionals located around the world, RBC has an immense breadth of international experience. We provide public and private clients of all sizes with a full spectrum of advisory services covering a broad range of strategic options, including:

  • Acquisitions
  • Divestitures
  • Mergers
  • Corporate & Financial Restructurings
  • Takeover Defense / Shareholder Activism
  • Fairness Opinions & Valuations
  • Exclusive Sales
  • Joint Ventures
  • Leverage Buyouts
  • Special Committee Assignments
  • Spin-offs

Our Team

Peter Buzzi is a Managing Director and Co-Head of RBC Capital Markets’ Global Mergers and Acquisitions group. Peter joined RBC Capital Markets in 1986 and has advised numerous Canadian and international companies on a broad range of merger and acquisition transactions with particular emphasis on public takeovers and mergers, financial restructurings and going private and related party transactions. Peter has recently advised, among others, Enbridge on its merger with Spectra Energy, Tim Horton’s on its sale to Burger King Worldwide, SNC-Lavalin on its sale of AltaLink to Berkshire Hathaway Energy and Shoppers Drug Mart on its sale to Loblaw’s.

Peter has a B.A.Sc. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Peter is a member of the firm’s Canadian Investment Banking Management Committee and is Chairman of the firm’s Canadian Opinion Review Committee.

Vito Sperduto is a Managing Director and Co-head of Global Mergers and Acquisitions at RBC Capital Markets.

He is responsible for the bank’s overall M&A effort across all industry sectors. Historically, he has extensive sector experience with origination and execution of transactions in industrials (with a focus on aerospace, defense and government services), communications, media and entertainment, technology, and business services.

Vito has over 27 years of investment banking experience, during which he has advised on over 150 transactions with a combined value exceeding $100 billion.

Prior to RBC, Vito was most recently Managing Director and Head of Software M&A coverage for CIBC World Markets in New York, where he worked across the defense, consumer, business services and technology sectors.

He has previously worked for SoundView Technology Group, Smith Barney and Kidder, Peabody.

Vito earned his B.A. from Harvard University in Computer Science / Engineering Sciences.

Kevin Smith is Co-Head, Global Mergers and Acquisitions and heads RBC's M&A team in Europe. He has been advising clients in relation to UK public offers for over 30 years. He joined RBC seven years ago having previously been at Lazard and Merrill Lynch where he was Head of UK M&A. During his career, he has worked with companies from some 15 countries advising on over 100 transactions ranging in value from $50 million to $190 billion with an aggregate value of in excess of $300 billion.

Larry Grafstein has been Deputy Chairman of the Global Investment Banking at RBC Capital Markets since September of 2018.  In his 30 years on Wall Street, he has advised clients on nearly $1 trillion of completed transactions. His experience spans all industries and geographies and includes some of the largest and most complex M&A, restructuring, equity and privatization deals. 

His clients over the years have included AerCap, AT&T, BAT, Charter Communications, Creative Artists Agency, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Hutchison Whampoa, Intel, Jabil,  Juniper, Leucadia, Level 3, Microsoft, Mosaic, Sprint, Time Warner, TPG, Visteon and Vodafone.  Recently he advised CSX on its response to activist investor Mantle Ridge, IBM on its acquisition of Truven, and Molson Coors on its acquisition of its Miller Coors JV. He advised on the restructurings of WorldCom and Nortel, two of the largest done to date.  

He has worked on behalf of the Governments of Canada and Ontario regarding their investments in Chrysler and General Motors after the financial crisis and advised on the landmark privatizations of Telefonos de Mexico and Telstra of Australia. He recently represented Statewide Mobility Partners, a consortium of investment funds, on the divestiture of Indiana Toll Roads, one of the largest infrastructure sales in US history.  In 2014 he helped settle the strike and consumer boycott at Market Basket Supermarkets in New England through the sale by certain members of the Demoulas family of their ownership stake and resolution of their 20-year control dispute.

Mr. Grafstein is a graduate of Harvard University (B.A.), Oxford University (M.Phil, Balliol College, Rhodes Scholar), and the University of Toronto (J.D.). He is co-chair of his Harvard class and has served on the board of a number of public companies and philanthropic institutions, including the US board of Upper Canada College and the board of trustees of Horace Mann School in New York.