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Mergers and acquisitions

Initiating deals, managing sale processes, devising acquisition strategies and applying techniques in global and local M&A.


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Building up cyber security

Cyber security is an ever-increasing issue for businesses. Following the launch of the ICAEW Corporate Finance Faculty’s guide on cyber security in M&A, Marc Mullen looks at where advisers can help.

Insight: employee ownership trusts

Will the growing enthusiasm for employee ownership trusts be damped down by new legislation? David Prosser reports on the hopes and fears of those in the know.

Trendwatch: Industrials

Control of industrial assets and greening of old industry are two of the many drivers for M&A in the industrial sector. Jason Sinclair looks at recent transactions.

Profile: AstraZeneca

Shaun Grady, head of business development, and Adam Wyon, head of corporate finance at AstraZeneca, speak to Marc Mullen about doing deals to help transform a global pharma business.

Insight: well-being

Corporate finance professionals are no strangers to the pressures of work. However, firms are increasingly turning the spotlight on staff well-being.

More than a greenwash

Investable businesses increasingly have to demonstrate their ESG credentials, but are firms actually delivering on their green commitments?

Trendwatch: Logistics

Changes that were already happening in the logistics sector before COVID-19 were accelerated by the pandemic. Jason Sinclair looks at the deals moving products from A to B.

Analysis: M&A trends for 2024

Corporate financiers are expecting a year of challenges – but M&A can help solve issues. What trends are we likely to see, indicated by surveys at the start of 2024?

Analysis and deal drivers

Defence spending mergers and acquisitions

Geopolitical tensions are rising – and so is global defence spending, despite the impact of COVID-19 on state purses. Nicholas Neveling explores why M&A will be a key strategic lever as the sector adapts to increased requirements for cyber, digital and space capabilities, and relations cool between the West, China and Russia.

Healthcare M&A is booming

Healthcare has been a relatively safe haven for dealmakers throughout COVID-19 uncertainty, particularly attracting private equity investors. As economies have reopened, M&A in the sector has burgeoned as the NHS deals with post-pandemic waiting lists, the use of technology and data analytics is increased, and opportunities for business-to-consumer healthcare rise.

The growing economy of north west England

North West England accounts for 10% of the UK’s GDP. Jason Sinclair looks at how the region is reshaping its economy, with activity in technology, media and telecom and cyber security, and the role of corporate financiers and investors in its modernisation.

M&A in 2021 after Brexit COVID19 and Trump

How much has the geopolitical landscape changed over the past two years? Brexit has been completed. COVID-19 still remains. President Trump has been and gone. Is everything still dominated by the US and China? And what effect will the UK’s National Security and Investment Act have?

UKs most acquisitive companies 2021

Acquisitions are a key part of corporate strategy for businesses entering a new market, adding new products or technologies, or gaining or building scale or resilience in testing times. In our annual review, we look at the UK companies most active in M&A.

Deal drivers in 2021 and the outlook

This year will no doubt prove challenging for businesses, but it won’t be without opportunities. Advisers and investors share their thoughts on tech-enabled sectors, capital gains tax, private equity, international acquirers, and accelerated M&A.

UK National Security and Investment Bill

Guidelines and reports

IP in M&A – legal considerations, Issue 62

This guideline identifies key intellectual property (IP) rights and comments on how such rights should be considered in the context of M&A transaction and contractual protections. It also addresses IP transfer and integration.

Bloomsbury Accounting and Tax Service

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Buying or selling a business

This chapter covers VAT in relation to buying or selling a business.

Selling or winding-up an owner-managed company

A chapter on tax considerations when selling or winding-up an owner-managed company, written for professional advisers.

Business asset disposal relief (formerly entrepreneurs’ relief)

A chapter providing detailed guidance on business asset disposal relief (formerly entrepreneurs’ relief), written for SMEs and entrepreneurs in the UK.

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