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25 August 2016

Valuations for resolution planning - what do banks need to do and could it save them time and money?

By Attul Karir The latest challenge for banks in the recovery and resolution planning world is to demonstrate that they are “resolvable” in the event of failure. One of the key barriers to this is the ability of banks to provide the necessary valuations robustly, accurately and at short notice....

Survival of the fittest: what can we learn from the recent high street casualties?

By Mark Holborow 2016 has already proved to be a turbulent period for retailers, particularly those operating within the fashion sector. With Brexit and the fall of major UK retailers covering the front pages, the after-shocks are still spreading across the marketplace and it’s clear that not everyone is getting...

Has turnaround become business as usual?

By Tim Allen By Bahador Mahvelati “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 and rapidly transform their business? The noun crisis comes from the Greek word krisis,...

Demystifying the myths – should you declutter your business?

By Paul Meitner and Amanda Lewis As mentioned in our previous blog “Decluttering your business; what stops you and should it?”, the UK corporate register grew to over 3.64m in 2015, a net increase of 245k entities in a year. Incorporations are running at a faster pace and structures are...

22 August 2016

Life insurers’ balancing act: A quest for yield, illiquid investments and investor/regulator confidence

By Albertha Charles Blog snapshot: Life insurers are becoming increasingly creative with their investment strategies in their search for yield These investment strategies are inherently riskier Valuations of infrastructure investments will need to reflect a number of considerations to give investors and regulators confidence As investment yields have plummeted and...

Financial Services Deals Chart of The Month: Increased spending on compliance fails to reduce economic crime

By Andrew Clark Blog snapshot: Spend on fighting economic crime is increasing Level of reported crime is rising in spite of this New thinking needed – 4 areas to target spending on compliance “Financial services organisations need to radically rethink crime protection and prevention.” Now some may say that’s quite...

19 August 2016

The Deals Lens: The sharing economy – if you can’t beat them, partner with them or buy them

By James Fillingham Blog snapshot: The sharing economy will account for $300bn of revenue by 2025 It’s a disruptive threat to many sectors’ traditional business models. 3 strategic options for incumbents to consider The sharing economy is the cool new term for connecting spare capacity or spare assets to demand...

18 August 2016

Deals Index* – Q216 Update: The UK M&A market post the EU Referendum result

By James Fillingham The impact of the result of the referendum on deals is still being debated hotly and, while there are many viewpoints, there is of course no clear answer. What we do see based on our Deals Index data through Q216 is that deals have still been completing...

17 August 2016

The P&C/reinsurance M&A market - Challenges of a soft environment

By James Tye The past year saw record merger and acquisition (M&A) volumes in the global property and casualty (P&C) reinsurance markets reflecting a drive for geographical/product reach, scale, innovation and cost/capital efficiencies. Beyond the creation of larger scale global insurers, with greater diversification has come a focus on use...

Financial services M&A update Q2 2016 – Inbound investor interest set to rise

By Andrew Cann Blog snapshot Financial services M&A activity in good health during Q2 2016 But one mega deal skews average deal values Anticipating quieter Q3 2016 for M&A Investor interest set to rise in medium to long term The financial services (FS) mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market continues to...

16 August 2016

Italy driving loan portfolio transaction volumes – Q2 2016 market update

By Richard Thompson Blog snapshot: Q2 2016 transaction volumes have already reached 68% of completed 2015 volumes; Italian deal volumes continue to increase; and Volumes set to increase across Holland, Spain and Central and Eastern Europe. In the second quarter of 2016 the total value of loan portfolios having transacted,...

Is the oil price flat-lining?

By Jackie Chow and Neil Leppard Perhaps it’s the geology that does it, but oil is one of those markets that tends to obsess about peaks and troughs: has the price bottomed out? have we passed peak oil? which could go some way to explaining why the current situation feels...

11 August 2016

TMT M&A – Charting a course through choppy Brexit waters

By Nicholas George Despite the general, somewhat uncertain reaction to the result of the UK’s referendum on leaving the EU, merger and acquisition (M&A) deal activity in the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sectors remains good. The figures alone would suggest little change - there’s been a slight decline in...

09 August 2016

Online grocery: Is it delivering?

By Inge Cajot and Emily Daw Online has become an indispensable part of the offering for most of the big UK grocers in the last few years. The appeal to the consumer is clear, but is it a model that delivers for the business too? The City analyst Philip Dorgan...

The Consumer – H1 2016 deals summary

By Richard Hughes and Emily Daw Our last issue was dominated by the huge $77bn merger between AB InBev and SABMiller, and there are still disposals arising from that. Instead, the first half of 2016’s activity was rather pick and mix, ranging from agriculture and homewares, to drinks, appliances, and...