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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...

13 May 2016

Under the microscope: The recent healthcare deals market

By Brendan O’Driscoll Looking back over the last year, deals in healthcare have been driven both by changes in the wider environment, and specific trends within the sector. At the global level, the most obvious factors are demographic and social change. In developing markets like India and China the priority...

Deals Index* – M&A Year to Q1 2016

By James Fillingham As we remarked in our round up of 2015 deals, 2015 was a record breaking year for global and UK deals, largely driven by megadeals. What we are seeing in Q116 is a global cool down, with announced deals coming back down to a more “normal” level,...

06 May 2016

Limiting employee liability claims – a new approach when winding-down a dormant company

By Paul Meitner Employer Liability (“EL”) claims can be a real headache if one of the insurers is insolvent. The company will be exposed to a steady stream of claims and costs, which must be dealt with before the company can be eliminated. However, there is a way round this...

04 May 2016

Restructuring debt – new tax reliefs, new requirements

By Jay Marwa and Matthew Little Changes to the legislation on tax reliefs in debt restructuring offer greater flexibility to companies in financial difficulties. However, the subjectivity of the new rules and their untested nature could create additional uncertainty. Profits realised by companies on repaying debt at less than full...

29 April 2016

What’s ringing up deal values in TMT?

By Nicholas George The Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market continues to play a big part in the overall UK M&A market. Despite a slight decline in the total volume and value of deals over the past 12 months, we’ve seen sustained strong levels of deals...

Company Voluntary Arrangements - friend or foe?

By Mike Jervis Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVA) have attracted considerable negative press coverage, particularly in the retail sector where landlords often feel disadvantaged by the process. The CVA has been described as an “unfair” process, which is presented as a “fait accompli” and gives creditors “no time to react”. These...

27 April 2016

Insurance M&A - Dealing with the past in the present

By Victor Nelligan It’s no news that M&A activity has been high recently in the insurance market. The introduction of Solvency II, pressure on pricing, limited organic growth and the search for yield have all driven this activity, and when many of the larger deals are completed and integrated, it...

25 April 2016

Contract Handbook - the road map for a safer journey

By Josh Irwin Bridging the gap between procurement and contract management Too often the expertise of a procurement team is lost after contracts are awarded. Ensuring that important knowledge and expertise are transferred from procurement to the subsequent phases of the contract lifecycle is critical to successful and sustainable delivery....

20 April 2016

Real Estate market weather forecast: Sunny with occasional showers

By Simon Hampton It was easy this year to draw parallels between the weather at MIPIM, the 4 day real estate event in Cannes, and the mood at the conference. Similar could be said of the real estate panel discussion I hosted at our recent European Bank Restructuring Conference. It...

Capitalising on the acceleration in bank restructuring

By Richard Thompson Last month we hosted our seventh European Bank Restructuring Conference. The annual conference explores the investment opportunities opened up by the restructuring in the European banking industry and how sellers, investors and servicing companies can capitalise on them. This year’s event attracted around 650 market participants from...

19 April 2016

Safety in numbers: how data and analytics is driving deals

By Nigel Wilson As the significance of data becomes evident in more and more aspects of our lives, expectations in the deals environment are growing; data is increasingly being viewed as a business “asset”. If you haven’t got the data, how can I believe that you really understand your business?...