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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...

14 January 2015

IPOs outlook 2015…sunny with stormy clouds on the horizon?

By Mark Hughes “2014 - the IPO strikes back” With 375 companies raising almost €50bn in Europe, 2014 was undeniably a strong year for European IPOs and the most successful year since 2007! London hosted 137 companies raising €19.4bn, a 35% increase on 2013, including a 70% increase in proceeds...

16 December 2014

Insurance broker deals – a new way to release value in M&A

By James Ferris Deals activity in the insurance industry is up: you might have seen our recent video where Albertha Charles, insurance valuations partner, discussed this spike in recent merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the insurance market and the drivers behind this. Mirroring this trend, the UK insurance brokering...

15 December 2014

Private equity’s struggle with the digital native

By Carlo Gagliardi While private equity may be a relatively young part of the investment industry, its participants typically are not. In the digital age – which is now – this is problematic. Private equity firms are there to bring value-creating transformation to businesses, whether that means reviving and reshaping...

12 December 2014

What now for banks?

By Attul Karir and Katrina Hallpike The results of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) Comprehensive Assessment were published on 26 October 2014. A total of 25 banks failed this review and there has been much focus in the press on these institutions and their need to raise additional capital. This...