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17 October 2017

PwC’s 2017 Law Firms’ Survey predicts further M&A activity and technology-driven change

By Jasmine Martin Our latest Annual Law Firms’ Survey provides some interesting insights into the performance of the UK's top 100 law firms. While overall revenue has grown, profit margins are under pressure with almost half of all firms surveyed experiencing a drop in profits in the last year. As...

11 October 2017

The health and beauty sector remains in shape

By Lisa Hooker The health and beauty market is growing at an average of 2% p.a. in Western Europe. So far, there has been a number of deals completed in the health and beauty sector over the last few months in the UK which PwC was involved in (including Holland...

03 October 2017

All your Financial Services Deals focused content in one place!

By Richard Thompson Our PwC Financial Services Deals app allows you to easily access topical and up to date content in one place! Join our app today and get access to our latest thought leadership, blogs, articles and reports on trends and hot topics affecting the Financial Services sector. Join...

02 October 2017

Celebrating UK Tech from pioneers to industry leaders

By Simon Russell The annual UK Tech Awards celebrate success, reward achievement and raise the profile of the UK tech community and we are proud to sponsor them again this year. The tech community epitomises the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation that is vital for our economy. The UK tech awards...

27 September 2017

M&A in Europe Q2 update: The Brexit effect on Retail, Consumer & Leisure

By James Archer Markets continued to be dominated in Q2 by the same key themes that have dogged deal volume since the Brexit vote. Ongoing margin pressures, price-sensitive consumers and regulatory uncertainty continued to hamper the strategic decision-making ability of key stakeholders, whilst political ambiguity surrounding Brexit negotiations dampened investor...

26 September 2017

Search for growth throws up tough calls for so called ‘challenger’ banks

By Shamshad Ali It seems that whilst many of us were enjoying our summer holidays, a number of so called ‘challenger’ banks were busy planning big strategic moves. A few days ago, Charter Court announced its intention to float on the London Stock Exchange. Shawbrook is currently delisting from the...

14 September 2017

The problem with IFRS 16 … and why AI might be the answer

By Fran Marwood Forgive the snappy title, but throughout the retail industry there are accountants who are wrestling with how to deal with IFRS 16. Not your typical topic for a forensics article, but bear with me, as all will become clear. Every now and again a new accounting standard...

22 August 2017

The ‘value gap’ in TMT: First plug, then play

By Nick George First published in TMT Finance on 17.08.2017. TMT Deals Overview The first half of 2017 has been rather more pause than play for the UK Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT) sectors, with the strong levels of deal activity that have been evident over the last 3 years...

18 August 2017

Has turnaround become business as usual?

By Tim Allen and Mike Moffett A common trigger for a restructuring or turnaround within a deals process is crisis. “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...

09 August 2017

Mid-Year family office deals round up

By Omar Butt This year has seen a number of high profile deals by family offices and private investment vehicles and here I’d like to round up a few, whilst discussing broader themes. Our Family Office Group within Deals covers a number of family offices and ultra high net worth...

07 August 2017

“Talking about a revolution”: The inside track from the latest PwC Media briefing

By Simon Harris and Suzi Gillespie On July 6th we held a breakfast briefing for the media industry, focused on content, specifically on its value in the television and music sectors. Given the critical role platforms like Netflix and Spotify are now playing, we were delighted to have Will Page,...

01 August 2017

The one thing businesses should be measuring (but often aren’t)

By Luke Ashman Companies need to take a sharper look at whether they are generating sufficient return on the capital invested in their business and to learn from the best in class businesses in their sector to understand what they are doing differently. What is the problem? There are lots...

28 July 2017

Manufacturing update: The Brexit effect on M&A

By Ishaq Ahmad and Midé Coker In this quarterly blog we provide an update on UK manufacturing and discuss in-bound deal activity. We’ll also highlight some relevant macroeconomic and monetary policy conditions that M&A teams may want to consider. UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) has been exhibiting a clear...

27 July 2017

How can you master value creation to unlock growth?

By Tim Allen and Nick George It’s an increasing challenge facing many business owners and managers: your business may be performing well, but you feel it could be better - does it need new challenge or perspective to protect and build value? Let’s look at it objectively. Will your current...

25 July 2017

Global financial services M&A outlook

By Nick Page Almost wherever you look, there is news of a deal or potential deal in the financial services sector. We remain in uncertain times. On the one hand there is a strive for growth in a post-financial crisis world, embracing the change that the dynamic world of FinTech...