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23 June 2015

Webinar: Why are early stage assets becoming more popular?

By Romil Radia and Katrina Hallpike With increasingly buoyant public markets in the UK, we are seeing increased interest and deal activity for early stage investments. Institutional investors are looking to early stage investments as a means of generating potential return in a low interest, high multiple environment. The last...

15 June 2015

5 top tips for realising corporate ambitions in the Middle East

By Matthew Alabaster The Middle East has enormous opportunities for global businesses wanting to tap in to the potential the region has on offer. But opportunities come with challenges and we’ve talked to some clients about their experiences of doing business and living in the Middle East. These discussions are...

09 June 2015

Debating deferred revenue

By Nick Williams Deferred revenue will more than likely be a cause of debate on every transaction on which it is encountered. Whilst there is no hard and fast rule on whether to treat deferred revenue as working capital or debt, there are certain characteristics and industry norms that can...

Exploiting the Opportunities of Digital

By Nicholas George The other week I hosted our fourth Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Leaders of Tomorrow networking event. This is a unique forum we host for emerging TMT leaders to learn from their peers, build their expertise and network across the industry to help shape their transition to...

03 June 2015

Bank restructuring remains centre stage

By Richard Thompson In March 2015, we hosted our sixth European Bank Restructuring and Debt Portfolio Conference. Our annual conferences explore the opportunities opened up by restructuring in the European banking industry and how sellers, investors and servicing companies can capitalise on them. Ten years to unwind? This year’s conference...

Top 5 tips to maximise value in public sector contracts

By Chris McFall While the economic outlook for the UK looks set to improve, the pressure on public finances continues. With significant further public spending restraint expected until 2017/18, this pressure is unlikely to fade away as the ‘new’ conservative government beds in during the rest of 2015 and beyond....

21 May 2015

Video: Expert Determination – recent developments

By John Fisher Expert Determination is a contractual process where parties in dispute agree to appoint an independent expert to resolve their dispute by making a determination on issues between them. The expert's responsibility is generally defined solely by the contract and the determination is normally binding, absent fraud or...

PwC Deals Index – Quarterly deal volumes up 50% year on year*

By James Fillingham With 268 deals completing in Q1 2015, our latest Deals Index shows that mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deal volume has increased by 50% compared to Q1 2014. Continued improvement of the macroeconomic environment, increasing market confidence, an ongoing favourable debt market and the traditional deal market drivers...

20 May 2015

Sales of European bank loan portfolios up 20% year on year

By Richard Thompson 2015 has got off to a strong start and the signs are good for another busy year in the transaction market. €20bn of portfolios have already transacted in the year. This is around 20% up on this time last year and, with €39bn of portfolio transactions in...

19 May 2015

Video: No pain no gain – M&A opportunities in oil and gas

By Matthew Alabaster It’s well known that the oil price collapsed from around $115/barrel in June 2014 to below $50/barrel in January 2015. Since then, the price has bimbled along at between $55 and $65 per barrel. As a result relating company value to oil price has been challenging. However...

18 May 2015

Insurance broker deals - are you deploying your cash effectively?

By James Ferris Is your calculation of Threshold Condition 2.4 impacting value? Despite a "steady" reporting season across the insurance industry, deals activity in the broker sector was still relatively high in Q1. With this in mind I thought I’d examine another way to maximise value within the sector -...

13 May 2015

Long-term and complex contracts – the importance and challenge of effective management

By Steve Bewick Contracting is at the core of many business relationships and there is an increasing prevalence of large, long-term contractual agreements. Many businesses are entering into contracts for facilities management, IT services, HR services, software licenses – the list is extensive. There is often a great deal of...

08 May 2015

Cloud secrets – A view from the Valley on Tech M&A

By Barry Jaber, Carol Lee and Simon Russell Cloud is the most significant architectural shift in the history of computing. Unsurprisingly, its impact is being felt across the IT industry value chain and has very real and short term implications for European tech companies. We recently hosted a breakfast seminar...

06 May 2015

The Deals Lens - Lies, damned lies and statistics: What really happened to M&A in 2014?

By James Fillingham Recent data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) told us that UK mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in 2014 saw the lowest volume of deals in almost 30 years. This was widely reported in the press with many market commentators, me included, expressing views along the lines...

05 May 2015

UK corporates are wasting £2bn a year

By Tim Walsh Is corporate simplification sufficiently high up the board room agenda for your organisation? The number of companies on the UK register currently stands at some 3.4 million. Despite record levels of unwanted, dormant or insolvent companies being removed, the rate of incorporations currently outnumbers dissolutions by a...