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Corporate Financier

Analysis and insight from the Corporate Finance Faculty

February 2024

Private equity is a cycle of fundraising, investing and growing portfolio companies through to exit – and every stage is interdependent. In this month’s lead story Vicky Meek looks at the challenges private equity is facing when it comes to raising new funds. We also profile Laura Mott of haysmacintyre and look at who’s buying who in the professional services sector.

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Tough times for fundraising

Following a heady fundraising period, private equity now faces more tricky times. How are institutional investor appetites shifting? And how do firms raise capital in today’s market? Vicky Meek reports.
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News and views

Faculty news
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February 2024

The National Security and Investment Act, Prospecting for Deals webinar, Future Finance meeting, and more.

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Henry Whorwood is head of research and consultancy at Beauhurst, the data and analytics company with a focus on high growth companies and a member of the Corporate Finance Faculty
Henry Whorwood on early investing

In tougher times for early-stage investing, Henry Whorwood of Beauhurst says it’s time to go even more counter-cyclical.

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Jackie Bowie, managing partner and head of European business at Chatham Financial, a member of the Corporate Finance Faculty
Jackie Bowie on driving M&A in 2024

As businesses get used to higher interest rates, Jackie Bowie looks at the changed economics that will drive M&A in 2024.

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Corporate finance advisory

Promotions and those on the move in corporate finance advisory.

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Legal advisory

Who’s on the move or been promoted in legal advisory.

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Private equity

Recruitment and promotions in private equity.

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Global investment and M&A

Roadshow: Shifting sands in the Middle East

While global economic challenges have had an impact on M&A in the Middle East, some sectors are extremely active. David Prosser speaks to the region’s corporate financiers.
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Insider dealing: The Body Shop

The Body Shop, after a period of ownership by Brazilian beauty conglomerate Natura, has been taken over by private equity. Jason Sinclair looks at the deal.
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Future advisory professionals

Trendwatch: M&A in professional services

  • Article
  • 12 Feb 2024
  • David Prosser
Consolidation strategies are driving professional services sector M&A in the UK. David Prosser looks at what’s on the horizon for consultancies, law firms and accountancy and advisory businesses.
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Profile: Laura Mott, haysmacintyre

  • Article
  • 12 Feb 2024
  • Marc Mullen
Putting people first is key to success, says Laura Mott, co-head of transaction advisory services at haysmacintyre, where team effort and collaboration are an essential part of the company culture.
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Joyce Chadwick, London-based associate in Evelyn’s valuations and modelling team, Alexander Cook, Birmingham-based associate in Evelyn’s valuations team, The Diploma in Corporate Finance winners
Rising stars

We speak to the highest-scoring graduates of the Diploma in Corporate Finance, and to John Rugman, Evelyn Partners’ head of advisory services.

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Going the distance

Malcolm Kpedekpo, Panoramic Growth Equity partner, says bringing co-investors into a buy-and-build opportunity has its benefits.

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career paths
Ahnaf Al Hussain, assistant manager, corporate finance team at Azets
Noble profession

Ahnaf Al Hussain is putting knowledge gained from his owner-manager father to good work in Azets’ corporate finance team.

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