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13 June 2017

Are you a startup looking for a family office investor?

By Omar Butt Our Family Office Group specialises in building deals focused relationships with a number of different investors, including family offices, private investment vehicles, family businesses and ultra high net worth individuals (UHNWIs), focusing on deal opportunities in the middle market or larger $250m+ cross border transactions. Given our...

Turnaround Director survey

By Rob Lewis and James Archer In response to an ever changing restructuring market, we wanted to find out what Turnaround Directors had seen and what they thought the future would look like. We surveyed 197 Turnaround Directors to ask them what they think the main causes of distress are,...

12 June 2017

Opportunity for investors and vendors alike - Q1 2017 market update

By Richard Thompson European banks continue to hold more than €1trn of Non Performing Loans (NPLs) Over €50bn of portfolio transactions have either completed, or are in progress as at the end of Q1 2017 Our research shows that, despite huge transaction volumes, European financial institutions continue to hold around...

06 June 2017

Financial services valuations market snapshot - industry remains resilient in the face of uncertainty

By Albertha Charles We recently released the second issue of our financial services valuations market snapshot. Our report will give you our view of the current valuation trends, deal climate and sub-sector analysis covering banking, insurance and asset management. The full report includes market data and valuation metrics such as...

05 June 2017

Alternative assets valuation: Way to wealth or irrational exuberance?

By Elena Saarbrucken Valuation was named one of the main challenges by the institutional investors in 2nd half of FY16-17 according to Preqin’s latest Alternative Assets Report. More than half of the analysed companies have expressed their concerns about pricing and valuation when it comes to alternatives. Under pressure, incumbents...

25 May 2017

Restructuring Europe’s banks: Still plenty to do

By Richard Thompson Blog snapshot: Causes and effects of underperforming European banks Is Europe ‘overbanked’ and is consolidation the answer? Download the full conference report here In March 2017 we hosted our eighth European Bank Restructuring Conference. Our annual conference explores the opportunities opened up by restructuring in the European...

23 May 2017

Buying outside your core to get growth - what do you do to deliver deal value?

By Erika Schraner and Andrew Howard Companies are seeking growth outside their core through over 50% of their M&A deals. That’s a radical shift from 2010 when less than 30% of deals were transformative (see PwC’s M&A Integration Survey). Yet, are companies ready for these different types of deals? It...

Where to invest in the defence sector to get the best bang for your buck

By Edward Weston and Sam McGarey With the UK's decision to leave the EU and Theresa May's recent call for a General Election, it's fair to say that the UK political situation is going through a period of uncertainty. Of course there has also been a lot of change in...

17 May 2017

Going out with a bang: Developing the right exit strategy

By Fiona Webb and Erika Schraner Private Equity (PE) firms are increasingly turning to buy-and-build deals and market consolidation plays in order to generate returns. Making these types of deals work requires more than traditional financial engineering and cost cutting. And on top of that, current market uncertainty makes it...

11 May 2017

On an even keel ? Consequences of consolidation in the container liner sector Part 1

By David Smith The last two years have seen a wave of consolidation within the container liner industry: CMA-CGM’s acquisition of NOL, Hapag-Lloyd’s acquisition of CSAV, and the merger between COSCO and CSCL drove a notable increase in industry concentration in 2016. The bankruptcy of Hanjin, the merger of Hapag-Lloyd...

10 May 2017

M&A in Europe update: The Brexit effect on manufacturing

By Michael Collins 2016 was a year of political turbulence for the UK and Europe which had an impact on M&A and the Manufacturing sector as a whole. 2017 has already seen more politics come into play, but how are the markets reacting and what is happening to deal volumes...

09 May 2017

M&A in Europe update: The Brexit effect on Retail, Consumer & Leisure

By James Archer Deal Activity European and UK M&A markets have continued their descending trend in deal volumes into Q1-17, with this drop appearing more pronounced in Europe than the UK. The European Retail & Consumer (R&C) sector has experienced a significant decline in the number of transactions taking place...

08 May 2017

Supply Chain Finance: Realising your working capital potential

By Daniel Windaus and William Extra In recent years, economic volatility and the lengthening of supply chains through globalisation has increased the challenge for businesses to remain financially sustainable. This has had drastic implications for managing working capital and liquidity; with consequences for cash-to-cash cycle time and the performance of...

05 May 2017

Why undertaking ’Brexit impact’ due diligence on a target company’s trading activities is vital in delivering deal value

By Sanjay Shah With Article 50 now triggered, businesses are increasingly focusing on the implications of Brexit on their trading activities. This includes looking closely at the potential impact on customs duties and supply chain management. For many, the impact could include new and higher customs duty tariffs, and additional...

04 May 2017

Ringside seat: A day at the London Metals Exchange

By Jackie Chow At the end of last month, I was watching a flurry of activity as the daily prices were set on the London Metals Exchange, one of the few open outcry markets left in the world. It’s the best of both worlds – all the benefits of modern...