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Post Kraft/Cadbury M&A activity in the UK


7 September 2009 is a date enshrined in the UK mergers and acquisitions calendar. On that Monday morning over 4 years ago the takeover of Cadbury by Kraft foods set in motion a litany of changes to takeover rules in the UK. By Jan...continue reading

What would a base rate increase mean for business buyers?


The business landscape is changing; Britain has emerged from the recession and it's moving into a new stage of growth that is very different to the previous years of assured buoyancy that the country enjoyed. In fact, 2014 is...continue reading

Government proposes Red Tape amendments to boost rescue culture


The Government's handling of business insolvencies has always been a hotly debated issue. Over the years there have been a number of changes brought in by The Insolvency Service designed to simplify the process and help suppo...continue reading

Buyers finding fresh opportunity in others’ losses


Operations that prove to be a drag on one business are increasingly finding new life as profitable add-ons or first enterprises. While they may not have performed for their original owners, under new management they may demonstrat...continue reading

M&A market showing 'true intent' for growth


Market conditions are finally starting to align to create a far more suitable climate for growth through mergers and acquisitions. Following years of downsizing, administrations and a prolonged struggle to survive, sustainable gro...continue reading

Acquisition values at a five-year high


Fresh evidence of British business buyers’ return to confidence has emerged, with acquisition values reaching a five-year high from July through to September this year. The latest BDO PCPI report reveals that the PCPI EV/EB...continue reading

Construction sector turning a corner?


Recent figures have suggested that the struggling construction sector might be starting to turn a corner on its road to recovery. The data, from Deloitte, showed that there has been a steep decline in the number of building firm...continue reading

UK private equity market warming up


After a protracted downturn, the UK private equity marketplace has been considerably more active in the second quarter of 2013, indicating that it may have finally turned the corner. Figures from Corpfin and BDO place the number...continue reading

Trade buyers vs Private equity buyers


The Private Companies Price Index (PCPI) and Private Equity Price Index (PEPI) research published by BDO for the first quarter of 2013 reveals growing trade buyer confidence. The Results At first glance the quarterly results app...continue reading

The secret sauce behind the rise of WPP


London-based WPP is a self-proclaimed ‘world leader in marketing communications’ that drives its clients’ marketing and advertising efforts. It certainly is the most prominent of its kind, with a formidable 165,0...continue reading

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