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23 June 2016

Investment opportunities as Indian banks look to clean up their balance sheets

By Richard Thompson Download our report here. Recently India has been receiving a lot of attention in the global press, in particular about the new national bankruptcy law which makes the acquisition of distressed assets more attractive to investors. On 7 June 2016 PwC hosted a seminar to discuss the...

21 June 2016

Financial services valuations market snapshot – Challenging but there are opportunities

By Albertha Charles Download the full report here Nervousness around the global economy and the EU referendum has slowed UK deal activity. A mix of evolving regulation, market volatility and political, macro-economic and currency uncertainty have all converged to slow-down the deals market for financial services businesses and assets in...

Deal or no deal?

By Chris Hemmings Whether good or bad, Britain leaving the EU will cause uncertainty. Any period of economic disruption can have a negative impact on M&A activity, but what would be the extent of any impact and what impact would it have on those remaining in the EU and in...

20 June 2016

Too much information: Streamline your structure and slash compliance costs

By Emma Cray Transparency is climbing up the board agenda, an unsurprising reaction to changing legislation which is designed to improve it. International businesses are being forced to review and restructure their legal entity footprints in order to operate in this new world order. The additional compliance burden alone, never...

09 June 2016

BEPS - Have you considered every aspect of your company's debt structure?

By Nicholas Stern As the EU referendum approaches, it is generally acknowledged that 2016 has been a year of uncertainty for UK business, with every one of us asking ourselves the same question – leave or remain? A question very passionately debated from both sides of the floor, with not...

10 ways to improve collection rates and efficiency

By Stephen Tebbett By Niall Cooter We have discussed increased household debts and the continuing upward trend in the level of unpaid debt for organisations that extend credit to consumers. With household debts likely to rise to £10,000, Utilities, Telecoms, Insurance and Financial institutions, as well as the public sector,...

01 June 2016

If your manufacturing business is an “accidental landlord”, beware: you could be missing out on value – or overlooking hidden risks

By Tom Wheldon If you were asked what type of companies act as commercial and industrial landlords for the majority of UK property, what would your reply be? The logical response would be major property companies. But you’d be wrong. In fact, most industrial property in the UK is owned...

New trends, new entrants

By John Gariba The global megatrends are shaping 21st-century healthcare not just as challenges but opportunities: the challenges of demographic change, the opportunities of digital technology. The new entrants in healthcare understand this, and are turning it into competitive advantage. Many of these new entrants are classic ‘digital disrupters’. As...

Valuations assumptions and market volatility - Regulators hone in on subjectivity

By Attul Karir Download Audit support considerations May 16 Accounting regulators, such as the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), have recently changed their focus when it comes to valuations within financial statements. What does this mean, given current market volatility, and what will you need to bear in mind...

Deals update – what's happening in the leisure sector?

By Eleanor Scott and Rob Johnston In our 3rd Leisure Deals update, we look to share what’s been keeping us busy and highlight some of the themes we’re seeing and things to look out for. Since our last blog in October 2015, M&A activity in the sector has remained fairly...

Will the Hotel Chocolat IPO spark increased IPO activity in the food & drinks sector?

By Neil Sutton and Onno de Groot On 10 May, Hotel Chocolat raised £55.5m through a London IPO to bolster its expansion drive. Despite tough IPO market conditions, Hotel Chocolat was priced at the upper-end of the range and its share price soared 28% on the first day of trading....

25 May 2016

Record household debts means companies need to re-think collection strategies

By Stephen Tebbett and Niall Cooter Household debts are at record levels. Our projections indicate the average UK household will owe close to £10,000 in unsecured debt by the end of 2016. In cash terms this is more than ever before. This will likely result in the continuing upward trend...

24 May 2016

What investment opportunities does the Indian distressed debt market hold in store?

By Richard Thompson Request a place at our seminar on Tuesday 7 June 2016 here The level of non-performing assets in India has been increasing year on year for some time. It now sits at around $50 billion excluding around $60bn of restructured assets. Almost half of the 39 listed...

20 May 2016

Have prices peaked in the loan portfolio market?

By Richard Thompson Click here for the PwC Portfolio Advisory Group Market Survey 2016 We have just completed our latest survey of participants in the loan portfolio market trading. This leading survey, now in its 6th year, provides a great insight into potential trends and likely future opportunities. The market...

16 May 2016

Leveraging the power of customer data

By Greg Main I recently presented at our fifth Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Leaders of Tomorrow networking event. This is a unique forum where we hosted for emerging TMT leaders (drawn together from the investor, advisor and industry communities) to learn from their peers, build their expertise and network...