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RBC, National, GMP win top banks at Dealmakers gala

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At a sold-out gala in Toronto, three banks took the top honours as Canadian Dealmakers of the year.

The capital markets arm of Royal Bank of Canada won top Canadian investment bank after having dominated the rankings for deals in 2013, while in the mid-market category, National Bank Financial and GMP Securities tied for the prize.

Dealmakers are annual awards (sponsored by the Globe and Mail) that looks at the most interesting and successful deals of the year. The event drew a long list of top executives and senior professionals from the legal and financial communities.

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Winners in 2013 included Canada Goose for the private equity deal of the year, BRP Inc. for the initial public offering of the year and Hudson's Bay's purchase of Saks won the outbound cross-border deal category.

See the full list of winners here.

Check out the Report on Business Big Deals coverage of the most significant deals of the year.

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