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26 March 2015

The Deals Lens – Do high times for lending mean we’re heading for a fall?

By James Fillingham It seems like every day there’s another story in the media about lending being at an all-time high. This is especially true in the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market where debt so often funds the majority of the price paid. The issues getting people hot under the...

10 March 2015

Private equity and Cyber Security Part 2: Identifying risk in the portfolio

By James Rashleigh Identifying cyber security threats to a private equity portfolio is a wide-ranging and challenging task. However, with losses to corporates in the UK running to £27 billion annually according to the Cabinet Office, it is a task worth undertaking for private equity firms. A cyber breach can...

When the headline price of a business masks the real cost

By Rachael Wilkinson Businesses find themselves in need of turnaround for many reasons and as the economy continues to pick up selling the business has become a realistic possibility. The number of potential buyers has also increased as businesses look to expand by acquisition and financial buyers look to broaden...

05 March 2015

Divergence or convergence – just which is it?

By Victoria Marcer A few weeks ago we hosted a business breakfast seminar to give our clients a deals market update. Whilst the media has been erring on the side of doom and gloom recently, our update on the economy struck a more positive note… That said, two words mentioned...

02 March 2015

Financial crime compliance during international M&A – 3 top tips

By Ben Luddington Having recently worked on a complex multi-jurisdictional acquisition on behalf of a client in the insurance sector, you might be interested in some of my findings so that you can better adhere to the laws and regulations in relation to sanctions, anti-bribery and corruption (ABC) and anti-money...

26 February 2015

Private equity and Cyber Security: The 3 Weak Points of the General Partner

By James Rashleigh If you are a private equity general partner, and not directly involved in cyber security, you may well be astonished by how frequent, how persistent and how well organised cyber attacks are. You may well also be surprised that a private equity general partner – as well...

13 February 2015

The consumer spending outlook for 2015

By Kien Tan As my colleague Lisa Hooker has already discussed, last Christmas non-grocery retailers had their best trading performance since before the recession. What factors led to this, and how sustainable is this performance? UK consumers better off than at any point since the last recession While GfK’s widely...

When spending your money is the challenge

By Simon Hampton Nice place to be right? In our latest ‘Emerging Trends in Real Estate - Europe 2015’ survey of senior industry figures, over 70% expect more equity and debt to flow into their markets in 2015. Or maybe not when the availability of assets is getting worse especially...

10 February 2015

Christmas trading: It’s not all about ‘Black Friday’

By Lisa Hooker Christmas shopping headlines were initially dominated by ‘Black Friday’. Whilst it clearly had quite an impact, there are other underlying themes that emerged from Christmas trading in 2014. Last week we launched our review of the implications from Christmas trading. Our key findings included: Christmas looked relatively...

05 February 2015

The Deals Lens - What will bring home the bacon for private equity in 2015?

By James Fillingham Private equity (PE) houses in Europe wrote fewer new cheques on their new deals compared to those they banked following exits in 2014. This might lead you to thinking it was a bad year for PE. On the contrary, improved trading and buoyant equity markets helped valuations...

What’s going to drive M&A in the entertainment and media sector in 2015?

By Mark Maitland Economic growth in the UK is strengthening. There’s a weaker and more fragile economic recovery happening in the Eurozone. And the total value of deals in the European entertainment and media (E&M) sector in 2014 was similar to that of 2013. ‘So what?’ I hear you ask....

04 February 2015

Central & Eastern Europe: The new frontier for the European loan portfolio market

Last year was another record year for portfolio transaction in Europe, with over €90bn completing within the year. This represents an increase of over 40% on the prior year and easily exceeded my original estimate for the year of €80bn. With around €40bn of transactions already in progress across Europe,...

28 January 2015

Grab the bull by the horns – How insight helps businesses to grow

By Emma Golder Growing a business is one of the greatest challenges for business owners and founders. And key to growth is ready access to critical information about the performance of a business. It’s not just about financial information either. Without doubt, having accurate cash flow/cash burn information is essential....

23 January 2015

The fault's not just in the rocks - where is the Oil & Gas Deals market going?

By Drew Stevenson Declining oil prices In the last six months, the price of Brent Crude has more than halved from over $115 a barrel to under $50, the lowest level since early 2009 during the financial crisis. With little expectation of a rapid rebound, many industry analysts are now...

19 January 2015

The Deals Lens - Cast Iron Underpants: Deals in the current oil slump

By James Fillingham With prices dropping under $50 a barrel, the pain has to filter down. And it is. Frontline projects are being shelved and mothballed. The depth and speed of the plunge though, means pressure will be keenly felt in areas previously perceived as more insulated from the spot...