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
Competition & Markets Authority

19 February, 2020

Mergers under scrutiny as competition regulator toughens stance

The focus on takeovers and their implications for competition have become a hot button issue in recent months. Indeed, investigations by competition regulators into proposed takeovers are on the rise,...
mergers and acquisitions, M&A, takeovers

18 April, 2019

Trend for portfolio reviews drives M&A optimism

Nothing excites the business world like an M&A deal. Think of the fuss caused by the $30bn race to takeover of Sky by Comcast. And according to advisory firm EY, executives are so heady with M&...

18 January, 2018

Investor concern as GKN rebuffs Melrose’s hostile takeover bid

Investors are watching anxiously after aerospace and engineering company GKN pushed back hard against a hostile takeover approach by engineering "turnaround" organisation Melrose. GKN has hit out t...
board merger, mergers & acquisitions, strategy

12 December, 2017

Five steps to ensuring an effective board merger

1. Share information All board members—and not just senior directors or the larger of the two companies—need a clear understanding of the reasons for the merger. Advisory experts and boa...
AkzoNobel, Dulux

11 December, 2017

Akzo’s merger talks with Axalta provoke shareholder fury

AkzoNobel is under further fire from shareholders over its talks with American rival Axalta, given its earlier commitment to go it alone and after shunning suitor PPG Industries earlier this year. ...
Greg Clark

18 October, 2017

Ministers seek greater powers to block foreign takeovers

The UK government is to strengthen Britain's takeover regime to protect companies that raise national security issues. Currently the government can only intervene in takeovers of companies with a t...
21st Century Fox, Sky

15 September, 2017

Regulator clashes with government over Sky takeover

The proposed takeover of Sky by 21st Century Fox has caused a clash between the UK government and one of its most high-profile regulators. Culture secretary Karen Bradley referred the deal to the C...