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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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The big infra challenge

The sheer scale of energy transition projects means there will be no lack of demand for private capital to be deployed in infrastructure. In the UK, however, rising costs are creating a deliverability issue. Andy Thomson reports.

Trendwatch: dealmaking in the travel industry

The travel industry has rallied strongly after COVID-19 lockdowns and, despite concerns over cost-of-living pressures, the sector is firmly on the private equity deal radar.

Comment: Will Southgate on investing in a challenging market

The climate has changed for the private equity investor. M&A is down, valuation multiples are being recalculated and debt markets are tightening. With all this as a backdrop, Rutland Partners’ Will Southgate explains how the special situations firm is investing in the current market.

Insider dealing: ECI investment in Commify

In a fast-moving tech world, business messaging expert Commify has adapted to stay the distance. New investment from ECI will help take it to the next level.

London’s IPO market

As a leading centre for investment capital, London needs a healthy IPO market. David Prosser looks at the challenges it faces in an increasingly competitive market for capital and businesses considering a listing.

Buy-outs: the 10 most successful firms

While times continue to be tough, there is interest in inventive mid-market deals. Jason Sinclair looks at the figures and profiles the 10 most successful firms.

Comment: Zoe Clarke on interest rates

Interest rates are rising, but what’s on the horizon? EY’s Zoe Clarke looks at what the forecasts mean for both private and public mid-market M&A.

Insight: employee ownership trusts

For a certain type of business, transferring ownership to employees is an exit option that has been continuing to increase in popularity over the past 12 months, despite the challenges facing exit routes. David Prosser reports.

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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Capital gains tax

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

Part F: Employment

Twenty chapters on employment law in this reference guide for accountants faced with an unfamiliar legal problem or query. Topics covered include recruitment, the employment contract, pay, discrimination, family friendly arrangements, absences, trade union matters, transfers and mergers, termination of employment, dismissal, redundancy and claims.

Acquisition of a business

Chapter on the capital allowance implications when acquiring a business, including acquisition of shares, acquisition of a trade and company reconstructions without a change of ownership.

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