Businessmen shaking hands in from of cityscape

17 December, 2020

Covid and liquidity boost ‘mega’ M&A deals

Corporate finance junkies will have noticed the stream of M&A "mega deals" (those worth $5bn or more) over recent months, capped by news this week of
Victoria's Secret bag

25 November, 2020

Collapse of Victoria’s Secret deal reveals weakness in M&A contracts

Victoria’s Secret, purveyor of luxury lingerie, made headlines this year when its sale to a private equity buyer was left indiscreetly crumpled on the floor because of the pandemic. Academics now ar...
Puzzle pieces in a cityscape

12 November, 2020

UK seeks powers to block foreign investment on national security grounds

Just as observers expect M&A activity to spike becaus...
M&A, mergers and acquisitions

8 June, 2020

How failed M&A can destroy a director’s credibility

Big mergers and acquisitions (M&As) make their first splash in the headlines based on the huge price tags attached to them. “Abbvie acquires Allergan, $63bn”, “United Technologies acquires R...
Stock market board

14 April, 2020

Warnings over risk of investor activism as boards focus on survival

As if boards didn’t have enough to do managing their companies in the midst of global pandemic, now they must contend with warnings of increased attention from activist investors. Attention has g...
M&A, mergers and acquisitions

30 March, 2020

M&A activity predicted to increase post-Covid-19 crisis

The world may be in the grip of a global pandemic, but corporate leaders are already thinking about what will happen when the situation stabilises—and research finds that mergers and acquisitions (M...
Google, tech acquisitions

12 February, 2020

US regulator orders tech giants to release data on acquisitions

Corporate acquisitions by Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft are to come under scrutiny as US regulators look to see if a series of tech acquisitions were “anticompetitive” and whether ...
Ashurst, M&A, corporate venture capital

18 May, 2018

Preparation key for growing trend of corporate venture capital deals

When the business pages write about venture capital they usually fail to make an important distinction. Though VC deals make for attention-grabbing headlines, it is corporate venture capital investmen...
M&A, NEDs

31 October, 2017

M&A post-crisis: the changing role of the NED

After the financial crisis of 2007–2008, mergers and acquisitions dried up. However, recent figures show that deals are back, causing a frisson in the markets. But w...
Whole Foods, Amazon, M&A

26 July, 2017

Global M&A deals holding firm, EY figures show

Global mergers and acquisitions remain buoyant, according to latest figures which reveal that while values may be slightly down, deal numbers have modestly risen.