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20 August 2014

Protecting your family business

By Karen Dukes There are plenty of businesses in the UK, many family owned, that rely on a significant proportion of their turnover from one or two key clients. Some business leaders may question the wisdom of this; I know many who set KPIs to limit the risk of having...

19 August 2014

What impact will AQRs have on the European portfolio market?

By Richard Thompson In my last update I pondered whether the ECB’s asset quality reviews (AQRs) will go far enough. The AQR results are now being finalised and local regulators are sharing their findings with the ECB. These results won’t be announced publicly until late October but our work on...

15 August 2014

Global capital project & infrastructure spend set to double by 2025

By Neil Broadhead and Richard Abadie Will the UK match the doubling of capital project & infrastructure spend by 2025? New analysis of global capital project and infrastructure (CP&I) spending is expected to grow to more than $9 trillion annually by 2025, up from $4 trillion in 2012. This significant...

14 August 2014

Have you considered the VAT element of your deal?

By Seamus Devenney One of HMRC's current areas of focus is the recovery of VAT on professional fees relating to corporate restructuring, re-financing or other types of deals and transactions. HMRC has recently been successful in Airtours Holidays Transport Limited concerning the deductibility of VAT on professional fees invoiced to,...

07 August 2014

EU Sanctions - Are you ready to address the new round of sanctions imposed by the EU/UK and US?

By David Whitehouse and Ben Luddington Do you have on-going contracts with a sanctioned entity or investments in a sanctioned bank? Are you concerned about your ability to receive payments for past services rendered in either Ukraine or Russia? The swift pace at which EU sanctions have escalated in response...

05 August 2014

Monitoring risks in a changing world

By Fran Marwood and Andrew Jenkins Continuous monitoring of a retailer’s risks against online information sources can pre-empt exposure and maximise opportunities (as featured in The Retailer). In 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed in an accident which killed over 1,100 people, even though cracks in the structure...

How sell your SME…or buy another

By Brian Henderson So you want to sell your business? If it’s successful and profitable, you’re probably already on the radar of key players in the market. You may even have been approached with offers of support from corporate finance houses or interest from other companies and investors who may...

04 August 2014

Taking your business into new overseas markets

By Jamie Hepburn: There are many growth opportunities in emerging markets but there are also plenty of pitfalls.

22 July 2014

Increasing appetite for performing loans: Mid-year report and update on non-core loan transactions

By Richard Thompson In my last update I stated that portfolios with a face value of €30bn had been completed or were very close to completion and there were a further €35bn in progress which were putting my original forecast of €80bn (up over a third on 2013) in jeopardy....

The freedom of the corporate venture capitalist…

By Mark Muth Corporate Venture Capitalists engage in a wide range of activities, from spinning out or creating businesses using their parent companies’ assets, to investing in other companies in order to access innovative technology, products or business models for the parent company. In the early life of a Corporate...

17 July 2014

Will investment risks ease after Indonesia’s Presidential poll?

By Jamie Hepburn and Lin Yang A casual observer would think that Indonesia is becoming increasingly hostile to foreign investment. Throughout the recent presidential election, both candidates curried domestic favour by vowing to stem Indonesia’s loss of natural resources to foreign commodities interests. Mineral ore ban reflects wariness of foreign...

What is asset based lending and when should you use it?

By Stuart Maddison Much has been made of asset based lending (ABL) over the past few years. As a source of capital, many companies are seeing how it could help when deployed correctly. In this blog (which also features on Insider Media) I look at what it is, why you...

16 July 2014

Five questions CFOs need to answer for successful integration

By Paul Nutter Businesses are increasingly looking to their Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) for clarity on steering the organisation through the ambiguity of the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) environment. In most cases we find that the CFO plays both the “stewardship” role to ensure that the deal delivers anticipated value,...

14 July 2014

The Exit Factor: Eastern Promise

By Neil Sutton Having discussed the strength or weakness of your international expansion plans in my first ‘Exit Factor’ blog, the next thing you need to consider is the agenda of the international buyer. Asia is hot topic and getting hotter for anyone planning a sale. This is for two...

11 July 2014

What makes a successful integration?

By Erika Schraner Our Deals Index survey has shown UK deal volume to be on the rise. Globally there has been a notable uptake in deal activity. The pharmaceutical industry has attracted particular attention recently with a flurry of high profile deals so far this year. These are typically cross-border...