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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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Finding a successful exit strategy

Wall Street wags have updated the maxim ‘Markets hate uncertainty’ to ‘Bad certainty is better than uncertainty’ – and exits need some certainty to complete. Jason Sinclair talks to corporate finance advisers about preparing for the coming economic dip.

Why business services is booming

Business services dealmaking has proved more than resilient throughout the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, UK M&A in the sector hit record levels, with private equity firms competing with cash-rich corporates for consolidation opportunities. Nicholas Neveling reports.

UK’s most acquisitive companies

In order to grow, companies will have M&A as part of their strategic plans, almost without exception. There will also be the opportunistic deals, many of which are arising in the current economic situation. In our annual review, using 2021 data from Refinitiv, we look at the UK’s most acquisitive companies.

The future of retail

In the midst of lockdown, the long-trailed ‘death of the high street’ looked to have arrived. But, as the world slowly emerges from the pandemic, many retailers are revising their forecasts upwards and M&A is making a comeback, with confidence boosted by disruptive start-ups and an acceleration in online sales. David Prosser reports .

Investing in start-ups and scale-ups in Wales

The corporate finance community in Wales is growing in confidence. Opportunities abound, as high-growth companies outstrip investment for now, reports Jason Sinclair. There’s activity in fintech, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and value-added manufacturing. Can start-ups drive the post-pandemic recovery?

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.

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Buying and selling private companies and businesses

A step-by-step guide to the sale and purchase process, focusing on key commercial, tax and legal issues. It includes checklists, draft enquiries, letters of disclosure and a specimen completion agenda.

Buying and selling technology businesses

A chapter on the process of buying and selling technology businesses, in this step-by-step guide to the sale and purchase process, focusing on key commercial, tax and legal issues.

Capital gains tax

Chapter containing practical advice on capital gains tax in relation to incorporating a business.

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