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14 September 2017

The problem with IFRS 16 … and why AI might be the answer

By Fran Marwood Forgive the snappy title, but throughout the retail industry there are accountants who are wrestling with how to deal with IFRS 16. Not your typical topic for a forensics article, but bear with me, as all will become clear. Every now and again a new accounting standard...

31 August 2017

M&A in Europe Q2 update: The Brexit effect on Retail, Consumer & Leisure

By James Archer Markets continued to be dominated in Q2 by the same key themes that have dogged deal volume since the Brexit vote. Ongoing margin pressures, price-sensitive consumers and regulatory uncertainty continued to hamper the strategic decision-making ability of key stakeholders, whilst political ambiguity surrounding Brexit negotiations dampened investor...

22 August 2017

The ‘value gap’ in TMT: First plug, then play

By Nick George First published in TMT Finance on 17.08.2017. TMT Deals Overview The first half of 2017 has been rather more pause than play for the UK Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT) sectors, with the strong levels of deal activity that have been evident over the last 3 years...

18 August 2017

Has turnaround become business as usual?

By Tim Allen and Mike Moffett A common trigger for a restructuring or turnaround within a deals process is crisis. “Never let a good crisis go to waste” goes the maxim. But is it only when a company is in the midst of crisis that management are able to radically...

09 August 2017

Mid-Year family office deals round up

By Omar Butt This year has seen a number of high profile deals by family offices and private investment vehicles and here I’d like to round up a few, whilst discussing broader themes. Our Family Office Group within Deals covers a number of family offices and ultra high net worth...

07 August 2017

“Talking about a revolution”: The inside track from the latest PwC Media briefing

By Simon Harris and Suzi Gillespie On July 6th we held a breakfast briefing for the media industry, focused on content, specifically on its value in the television and music sectors. Given the critical role platforms like Netflix and Spotify are now playing, we were delighted to have Will Page,...

01 August 2017

The one thing businesses should be measuring (but often aren’t)

By Luke Ashman Companies need to take a sharper look at whether they are generating sufficient return on the capital invested in their business and to learn from the best in class businesses in their sector to understand what they are doing differently. What is the problem? There are lots...

28 July 2017

Manufacturing update: The Brexit effect on M&A

By Ishaq Ahmad and Midé Coker In this quarterly blog we provide an update on UK manufacturing and discuss in-bound deal activity. We’ll also highlight some relevant macroeconomic and monetary policy conditions that M&A teams may want to consider. UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) has been exhibiting a clear...

27 July 2017

How can you master value creation to unlock growth?

By Tim Allen and Nick George It’s an increasing challenge facing many business owners and managers: your business may be performing well, but you feel it could be better - does it need new challenge or perspective to protect and build value? Let’s look at it objectively. Will your current...

25 July 2017

Global financial services M&A outlook

By Nick Page Almost wherever you look, there is news of a deal or potential deal in the financial services sector. We remain in uncertain times. On the one hand there is a strive for growth in a post-financial crisis world, embracing the change that the dynamic world of FinTech...

19 July 2017

Changing course in midstream: The next big thing?

By Rob Turner Oil & Gas is changing: not just the where and the who, but even how the sector operates is radically different from what it was ten years ago. Reserves in established fields like the North Sea are depleting, and new and nimble operators are entering the industry...

11 July 2017

Taking change in its stride? The fashion and footwear sector talks Brexit one year on

By Lisa Hooker Last week we hosted a networking and discussion event with some senior players from the UK fashion and footwear sector, to discuss where we are now, a year after Brexit, and what the future looks like. The evening was led by John Hawksworth, PwC's chief economist in...

13 June 2017

Are you a startup looking for a family office investor?

By Omar Butt Our Family Office Group specialises in building deals focused relationships with a number of different investors, including family offices, private investment vehicles, family businesses and ultra high net worth individuals (UHNWIs), focusing on deal opportunities in the middle market or larger $250m+ cross border transactions. Given our...

Turnaround Director survey

By Rob Lewis and James Archer In response to an ever changing restructuring market, we wanted to find out what Turnaround Directors had seen and what they thought the future would look like. We surveyed 197 Turnaround Directors to ask them what they think the main causes of distress are,...

12 June 2017

Opportunity for investors and vendors alike - Q1 2017 market update

By Richard Thompson European banks continue to hold more than €1trn of Non Performing Loans (NPLs) Over €50bn of portfolio transactions have either completed, or are in progress as at the end of Q1 2017 Our research shows that, despite huge transaction volumes, European financial institutions continue to hold around...