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04 February 2016

M&A in the industrial sector – 2016 is set to be an interesting year

By Jason Wakelam “2015 becomes the biggest M&A year ever” – The Wall Street Journal “Record year for M&A with big deals and big promises” – Financial Times “For the first year ever, global M&A deals surpassed $5 trillion” – Business Insider UK “2015 was a banner year for corporate...

02 February 2016

Greece – the next frontier for non-performing loans?

By Richard Thompson The Greek market features in most conversations I have with investors these days. So I thought I’d make a few comments on what is happening in this market and what my expectations are. My team estimates that Greek non-performing loans (NPLs) currently account for up to 10%...

Momentum strong after landmark year for power and renewables M&A

By Andrew McCrosson It’s been a landmark year for mergers & acquisitions (M&A) across the power and renewables sector, according to our latest annual Power and Renewables Deals report. Following a strong performance in 2014, worldwide M&A activity in renewable energy has almost doubled, reaching a record high of US$55.3bn...

28 January 2016

Can banks regain their money-making touch?

By Neil Bindoff Banking is currently one of the most challenged sectors in the economy. Already grappling with regulatory upheaval and long-depressed margins, banks are now facing the full impact of digital transformation, along with shifts in customers’ expectations and low-cost FinTech competition. Customers want ease, speed, convenience and intuitive...

19 January 2016

The Science of Alliances: Making a success of Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances

By Philip Bloomfield and Andreas Billand Strategic Alliances are on the rise 2015 saw a run of new joint ventures and strategic Alliances in the UK. Alliances are on the rise and this trend is set to continue, with 2016 looking to be a record year in terms of volume...

18 January 2016

How will the UK ‘up the ante’ on financial sanctions enforcement?

By Ben Luddington Follow @BenLuddington As part of the 2015 summer budget, the UK Government announced that in April 2016 it will establish the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI). According to George Osborne, the OFSI will “provide a high quality service to the private sector, working closely with law...

08 January 2016

Why slimming down your corporate structure should be one of your New Year's Resolutions.....

By Kate Rosie The elimination of surplus companies through solvent liquidation or strike off is increasingly becoming a hot topic being discussed in the board room. This is particularly common where merger and acquisition (M&A) activity has resulted in a cumbersome group structure chart which needs rethinking. What’s the good...

22 December 2015

Chinese non-performing loans – are there investment opportunities?

By Richard Thompson Investment opportunities in Europe remain at an all-time high – but a number of investors are also paying increasing attention to the Far East. With that in mind I thought I would make a few comments on the developing situation in China. Chinese NPLs on the rise...

15 December 2015

A world of pain for personal injury firms?

By John Baker There continues to be no respite from the raft of potential changes set to impact legal services firms in the personal injury (PI) claims space. Recent months have seen the Ministry of Justice announce a review of how the handling of Noise Induced Hearing Loss claims might...

11 December 2015

Big is beautiful for IPOs in 2015

By Mark Hughes As the final curtain falls on 2015, big has indeed proved beautiful this year. I don’t think I’m alone when I breathe a sigh of relief as we come to the end of 2015 – it’s certainly been a busy one! Despite seeing significant disruption and volatility...

03 December 2015

Is Solar PV facing a partial eclipse?

By David Byrne Solar Photovoltaic (PV) has been one of the fastest growing renewable energy sources in the UK; developing from a few hundred installations in 2010 to over 750,000 in August 2015. However, cuts to subsidies have led to a number of development and installation companies entering administration. We...

01 December 2015

Unified communications - Momentum building

By Ben Matthews Earlier in the year we released the first of a series on Unified Communications (UC). In it, we made the case for the untapped demand that exists amongst UK SMEs for a common communications ecosystem offering users anytime, anywhere connectivity from any device. A proprietary survey we...

30 November 2015

Keep pace with change to tackle operational risk from rogue trading

By Rukshan Permal In the last 20 years, rogue traders across 14 financial institutions have created direct losses of $32bn. The most recent of these, Kweku Adoboli, was convicted of fraud on 20 November 2012 after losing $2.3bn on unauthorised synthetic equity trades. The eye-watering size of losses undoubtedly makes...

Three reasons why there’s been a shift to performing loan portfolio transactions

By Richard Thompson If you picked up our Q3 2015 market update, you would have seen that there has been a wholesale change in the mix of portfolios that have been in the market in the last 12 months - we have seen a shift away from the traditional non-performing...

BEPS: How will your organisational structure cope with Country-by-Country reporting?

By Nick Copeland and Sam Davis On 5 October 2015, the OECD published the final package of recommendations to reform the international tax system – the "Base Erosion and Profit Shifting" (BEPS) Project. One recommendation that is likely to achieve wide take-up amongst tax authorities is Country-by-Country (CbC) reporting. In...