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27 April 2015

Messenger Money - sending a shock to global remittance companies?

By Fergus Lemon Global remittances are projected to total US$608 billion in 2015 according to the World Bank’s Migration and Development Brief from October. Remittance costs are high - the global average cost of sending $200 was estimated at 7.9% (Q3 2014) – and the market is dominated by banks...

21 April 2015

Video: Unified Communications - collaboration simplified

By Nicholas George A few weeks ago I published a blog about Unified Communications (UC). UC is a common buzzword in today’s information, communication and technology (ICT) marketplace. UC is an overlooked sector. It has high consistent growth, it’s a hot market without being overheated and there’s an opportunity to...

20 April 2015

How IT strategy can deliver value in a carve-out

By Grainne Marry By taking a strategic view of business operations and IT, a carve-out presents a great opportunity to increase the sale proceeds. By developing a strategic vision for the standalone IT landscape, business owners can boost value for all parties, whilst also creating IT that is both ‘fit...

15 April 2015

Politicians or business leaders? Who will drive European financial services M&A in 2015?

By Andrew Cann European financial services mergers and acquisitions total deal value fell 21% in 2014 over 2013 – from €64.9bn to €51.2bn. Gloomy statement? Perhaps? But these numbers mask a 33% increase (to €45.9bn) in non-governmental activity. What drove the overall decline? What happened with deal values? How did...

14 April 2015

Beyond the banks - credit funds provide a boost to private businesses

By Paul Ambrose The recession and subsequent benign economic conditions in the UK have meant that many private company shareholders and management teams have not necessarily felt able to achieve all their ambitions for their businesses. The contraction in bank lending since 2008 has meant that strategic aims such as...

01 April 2015

Rational Exuberance

By Simon Hampton It’s been a hectic few weeks. First I was in Berlin for our hotels conference and launch of European Cities Hotel Forecast 2015 and 2016. Great event and lots of interesting chat about the possible implications of the buoyant investment outlook on pricing. Deal activity The report...

How to enhance value through exit

By Caroline Rifkind Sometimes taking tough decisions to exit under-performing parts of a business can be the hardest decision but benefits can quickly follow. Over the years I have advised many businesses at key junctions in their corporate life cycle. Some have been very profitable for many years but find...

Private equity and Cyber Security: Defence measures

By James Rashleigh Private equity firms face cyber security threats across their entire organisation as explained in our latest 'Guide to Cyber Security'. At fund manager level, financial data held on investors and portfolio companies is a high value target for hackers, as is intelligence on upcoming deals. At portfolio...

31 March 2015

Turning buzz into business: Collaboration simplified

By Nicholas George Unified Communications (UC), is a common buzzword in today’s information, communication and technology (ICT) marketplace. UC is an overlooked sector. It has high consistent growth, it’s a hot market without being overheated and there’s an opportunity to create value through mergers and acquisitions (M&A). But there is...

26 March 2015

The Deals Lens – Do high times for lending mean we’re heading for a fall?

By James Fillingham It seems like every day there’s another story in the media about lending being at an all-time high. This is especially true in the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market where debt so often funds the majority of the price paid. The issues getting people hot under the...

10 March 2015

Private equity and Cyber Security Part 2: Identifying risk in the portfolio

By James Rashleigh Identifying cyber security threats to a private equity portfolio is a wide-ranging and challenging task. However, with losses to corporates in the UK running to £27 billion annually according to the Cabinet Office, it is a task worth undertaking for private equity firms. A cyber breach can...

When the headline price of a business masks the real cost

By Rachael Wilkinson Businesses find themselves in need of turnaround for many reasons and as the economy continues to pick up selling the business has become a realistic possibility. The number of potential buyers has also increased as businesses look to expand by acquisition and financial buyers look to broaden...

05 March 2015

Divergence or convergence – just which is it?

By Victoria Marcer A few weeks ago we hosted a business breakfast seminar to give our clients a deals market update. Whilst the media has been erring on the side of doom and gloom recently, our update on the economy struck a more positive note… That said, two words mentioned...

02 March 2015

Financial crime compliance during international M&A – 3 top tips

By Ben Luddington Having recently worked on a complex multi-jurisdictional acquisition on behalf of a client in the insurance sector, you might be interested in some of my findings so that you can better adhere to the laws and regulations in relation to sanctions, anti-bribery and corruption (ABC) and anti-money...

26 February 2015

Private equity and Cyber Security: The 3 Weak Points of the General Partner

By James Rashleigh If you are a private equity general partner, and not directly involved in cyber security, you may well be astonished by how frequent, how persistent and how well organised cyber attacks are. You may well also be surprised that a private equity general partner – as well...