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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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Relevance and influence

The Corporate Finance Faculty is a valuable asset, says David Petrie, that evolves in the face of ever-changing markets and legislation and provides an essential professional network

25 years young

The Corporate Finance Faculty celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. During this time, its membership and influence has grown. Senior corporate financiers give their thoughts on the reach of the faculty – and the challenges it faces

New angles

PwC published the 2022 mid-year update of its Global M&A Industry Trends in August. Marc Mullen speaks to US-based Brian Levy, PwC partner and global deals industries leader, about global headwinds, ESG, bolt-ons, hold periods, restructuring, workforce strategies and tech acquisitions

Education, education, education

Education M&A might have slowed from the high levels of activity observed in 2021, mirroring a wider cooling across deal markets. But the sector is proving more resilient than most, reports Nicholas Neveling, with children’s nursery chains and edtech seeing significant activity.

Roots for the future

No longer deemed simply a box-ticking exercise, ESG is now seen as a way to embed value in a business – and creating value is what dealmaking is about, reports David Prosser.

On the horizon

There’s way more to the south coast than beaches and ferry queues. Jason Sinclair looks at industry, corporate finance and M&A from Brighton to Bournemouth, taking in the port of Southampton en route.

The new way of thinking

Six years ago, Salonica was set up as a boutique corporate finance adviser. As it closes its first investment fund, it has become a small investment firm with a key differentiator – its focus on diversity and sustainability. Marc Mullen speaks to founder Omar Majid.

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

Eligible firms have free access to Bloomsbury Professional's comprehensive online library, comprising more than 60 titles from some of the country's leading tax and accounting subject matter experts. Find out who is eligible and how you can access the Accounting and Tax Service.

Buying and selling companies

Practical guidance on the taxation issues involved in buying and selling a corporate business, aimed at professional tax 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.

Capital gains tax reliefs for SMEs and entrepreneurs 2022-23

Detailed guidance on the capital gains tax reliefs that may apply on the sale of businesses, business assets, or a gift.

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