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28 January 2015

Grab the bull by the horns – How insight helps businesses to grow

By Emma Golder Growing a business is one of the greatest challenges for business owners and founders. And key to growth is ready access to critical information about the performance of a business. It’s not just about financial information either. Without doubt, having accurate cash flow/cash burn information is essential....

23 January 2015

The fault's not just in the rocks - where is the Oil & Gas Deals market going?

By Drew Stevenson Declining oil prices In the last six months, the price of Brent Crude has more than halved from over $115 a barrel to under $50, the lowest level since early 2009 during the financial crisis. With little expectation of a rapid rebound, many industry analysts are now...

19 January 2015

The Deals Lens - Cast Iron Underpants: Deals in the current oil slump

By James Fillingham With prices dropping under $50 a barrel, the pain has to filter down. And it is. Frontline projects are being shelved and mothballed. The depth and speed of the plunge though, means pressure will be keenly felt in areas previously perceived as more insulated from the spot...

14 January 2015

IPOs outlook 2015…sunny with stormy clouds on the horizon?

By Mark Hughes “2014 - the IPO strikes back” With 375 companies raising almost €50bn in Europe, 2014 was undeniably a strong year for European IPOs and the most successful year since 2007! London hosted 137 companies raising €19.4bn, a 35% increase on 2013, including a 70% increase in proceeds...

16 December 2014

Insurance broker deals – a new way to release value in M&A

By James Ferris Deals activity in the insurance industry is up: you might have seen our recent video where Albertha Charles, insurance valuations partner, discussed this spike in recent merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the insurance market and the drivers behind this. Mirroring this trend, the UK insurance brokering...

15 December 2014

Private equity’s struggle with the digital native

By Carlo Gagliardi While private equity may be a relatively young part of the investment industry, its participants typically are not. In the digital age – which is now – this is problematic. Private equity firms are there to bring value-creating transformation to businesses, whether that means reviving and reshaping...

12 December 2014

What now for banks?

By Attul Karir and Katrina Hallpike The results of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) Comprehensive Assessment were published on 26 October 2014. A total of 25 banks failed this review and there has been much focus in the press on these institutions and their need to raise additional capital. This...

05 December 2014

European loan transactions set to rise 50% in 2014 – but this is a drop in the ocean?

By Richard Thompson In the nine months to the end of September 2014 loan portfolios with a face value of €67bn have been sold by Europe’s banks. I estimate that there are transactions currently in process for portfolios totalling a further €50bn. The majority of these transactions are scheduled to...

Understanding Alternative Finance

By Fergus Lemon The alternative finance industry is quickly becoming an important part of the UK economy. An innovative, technology led approach by many in the sector has improved access to finance for SMEs and it seems to be having a positive impact on social and charitable enterprises. We are...

01 December 2014

“We must take the current when it serves”

By James Anderson “There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, And we must take the current...

27 November 2014

What type of deal is likely to get you the most growth?

By Erika Schraner Towards the end of July I took part in a webcast with my US colleagues about “Successful M&A integration: looking beyond the here and now”. One of the topics we explored was how acquisition types have changed over the past three years. During that time we’ve seen...

26 November 2014

Obstacles for private equity owners in tackling working capital

By Daniel Windaus Previously I have discussed six ways in which private equity-owned companies are better positioned than their publicly-owned counterparts to improve working capital performance (view the article here). I stand by all six of the points I made, but in fact they only tell half of the story....

24 November 2014

Why Private Equity valuations are under the microscope

By Attul Karir and Katrina Hallpike The valuation of a private equity portfolio can have a material effect on its manager’s success and is a dynamic and subjective area. Investors and regulators are taking an interest in this area. The value of an existing, unrealised portfolio has become a more...

18 November 2014

“It’s not me – it’s you”

By James Anderson Every quarter my colleagues here at PwC produce our IPO Watch report. Now a staple publication in the industry, it’s a great read, and a look through previous editions gives a good sense of how the IPO cycle has moved. In the first half of this year...

03 November 2014

Management teams: pressure points in buyout negotiations

By Duncan Skailes One of the greatest strengths of the private equity ownership model is that it encourages key management to behave like owners rather than employees. Ensuring that management has a stake in the company they are tasked with growing will always be a central tenet of the asset...