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29 April 2016

Company Voluntary Arrangements - friend or foe?

By Mike Jervis There has been a lot of press coverage around company voluntary arrangements (CVA) over recent weeks, particularly in the retail sector, where landlords in particular feel disadvantaged by the whole idea of a CVA. As a result, the CVA process is rapidly acquiring titles hitherto used in...

27 April 2016

Insurance M&A - Dealing with the past in the present

By Victor Nelligan It’s no news that M&A activity has been high recently in the insurance market. The introduction of Solvency II, pressure on pricing, limited organic growth and the search for yield have all driven this activity, and when many of the larger deals are completed and integrated, it...

25 April 2016

Contract Handbook - the road map for a safer journey

By Josh Irwin Bridging the gap between procurement and contract management Too often the expertise of a procurement team is lost after contracts are awarded. Ensuring that important knowledge and expertise are transferred from procurement to the subsequent phases of the contract lifecycle is critical to successful and sustainable delivery....

20 April 2016

Real Estate market weather forecast: Sunny with occasional showers

By Simon Hampton It was easy this year to draw parallels between the weather at MIPIM, the 4 day real estate event in Cannes, and the mood at the conference. Similar could be said of the real estate panel discussion I hosted at our recent European Bank Restructuring Conference. It...

Capitalising on the acceleration in bank restructuring

By Richard Thompson Last month we hosted our seventh European Bank Restructuring Conference. The annual conference explores the investment opportunities opened up by the restructuring in the European banking industry and how sellers, investors and servicing companies can capitalise on them. This year’s event attracted around 650 market participants from...

19 April 2016

Safety in numbers: how data and analytics is driving deals

By Nigel Wilson As the significance of data becomes evident in more and more aspects of our lives, expectations in the deals environment are growing; data is increasingly being viewed as a business “asset”. If you haven’t got the data, how can I believe that you really understand your business?...

15 April 2016

Will the play button be pressed on the IPO market after the summer?

By Vivienne Maclachlan The start to 2016 was a little like a game of musical statues as the IPO market opened in fits and starts. Global IPO proceeds barely touched the €12.5bn mark, the slowest start to a year since 2009 and UK IPO proceeds dropped 50%. This is dismal...

12 April 2016

What’s driving M&A activity in UK asset and wealth management?

By Andrew Claymore The first quarter of 2016 continues the trend of unprecedented levels of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity seen across the UK Asset and Wealth Management (AWM) sector* during 2015. This has been fuelled by an increasing number of corporates and private equity (PE) firms seeking either to...

07 April 2016

The Deals Lens – Brexit: good news, bad news or no news for UK M&A?

By James Fillingham Follow @JSJFillingham You cannot have missed the debate around Brexit over recent months. There has been non-stop commentary on the implications for GDP, migration, employment, regulation and more. But, so far, not much on what it means for deal activity. I’ve been discussing this with clients and...

23 March 2016

How can investment banks revive profitable and sustainable growth?

By Joerg Ruetschi Global banks have faced a series of challenges over the last several years. In particular, the operating environment for the investment banking industry has changed fundamentally and substantially impacted its long-term profitability. The new environment requires a transformative response in repositioning investment banking businesses on a path...

22 March 2016

Using debt to enhance shareholder returns

By David Godbee and Paul Ambrose Click here to read this update in PDF format In an environment where economic stability in the UK (EU Referendum permitting) is giving shareholders and businesses more confidence for the future, more are looking at ways of providing shareholders and/or management with ways to...

18 March 2016

What’s happening in the debt markets?

By David Godbee and Paul Ambrose Click here to read this update in PDF format Over the last 12 months, across global debt markets we have seen increased bifurcation between ‘big ticket’ markets and the UK/European mid-market. Generally, the big ticket debt market is more susceptible to global macro-economic sentiment...

15 March 2016

Developments in Unitranche Financing and the future of Alternative Lending

By John Williams and Adam Horey PwC’s Debt & Capital Advisory team recently co-hosted a round table discussion (with Fried Frank) on the latest developments in unitranche and the future of the alternative lending market. The event, attended by senior individuals from direct lenders and banks, covered a wide range...

11 March 2016

Family Offices: The year in 2015 and the year ahead

By Omar Butt 2015 was a strong year for family offices, and for our own growing family offices team across the firm. I thought I’d summarise some of the most useful areas of the UBS Family Office Report 2015 and include some information that we’ve gathered speaking with clients in...

09 March 2016

Understanding consumers is vital for new healthcare entrants

By Andrew McKechnie Consumers are becoming more interested in and engaged with their health and wellbeing. Our research from our recent report, Capture the Growth, suggests they are more discerning and demanding and their purchasing behaviour is evolving. But, the story is nuanced. We shouldn’t think of consumers as a...