20 June 2017
Competition for technological expertise has transformed Israel’s M&A landscape as dealmakers strive to stay ahead of the curve.
19 June 2017
The growth of digital tools and fintech is rapidly transforming the financial industry. Gradually, the industry’s main regulator, the SEC, is also taking advantage of these new technologies, both for its own benefit and for filers. By adopting innovative digital solutions, including Inline XBRL, hyperlinks for exhibits, and an updated EDGAR system, the SEC is attempting to make structured financial data more widely available and efficient to access. Read more
13 June 2017
Confronted by market volatility, increasing competition and an uncertain economic outlook, wealth and asset managers have actively pursued M&A to build scale, develop new specialisms and confront the threat posed by new entrants, including nimble FinTech companies. The pressure to deliver the returns expected from these transactions is intense.
13 June 2017
The volume of M&A activity in the insurance sector has been high over the past two years. However, while businesses may be good at doing transactions, success can often only be measured by how well the two businesses are integrated and benefits realized.
13 June 2017
After two strong years for M&A activity in banking and capital markets, the pressure is now on acquirers to prove they can secure value from the transactions they have pursued. Banks’ integration teams must demonstrate that the synergies and strategies that drove the deal in the first place can be delivered in the integration phase.
08 June 2017
North America’s energy sector is witnessing increased interest from private equity firms, a decline in foreign buyers, and an IPO market in the midst of a rebound. PE energy buyouts doubled in 2016 from 36 to 78 deals, while values tripled from US$7bn to US$24.8bn year-over-year. For 2017, volume may be down but deal value is on track to match last year’s total. Read more
07 June 2017
Last year set a record for the highest number of software M&A transactions on Mergermarket record, and the momentum behind the acquisitions appears far from over. As corporations and private equity (PE) firms have accumulated vast amounts of cash, they plan to target firms specializing in industry-specific software, business intelligence, and cloud computing. These buyers are looking more closely at firms with an emphasis on finding the right target instead of price. Read more
01 June 2017
The private equity industry’s expanding fund timelines indicate that growth targets are increasingly difficult to achieve. To combat this, PE investors must find companies with compatible management teams and identify unsuitable targets as early as possible. Meanwhile, management teams also need to understand whether an investor’s operating style aligns with their internal culture. To understand what PE investors look for in a target’s management team, as well as the qualities that management teams look for in potential investors, Kilberry in conjunction with Mergermarket interviewed both sides of the table for an in-depth analysis. Read more
31 May 2017
Megadeals dominated 2015 when 67 transactions over US$10bn combined for a total value of US$1.8tn. This left expectations high for 2016, which delivered 31 blockbuster deals worth US$1.7tn in its first three quarters alone. Moving into 2017, there have already been nine recorded megadeals over US$10bn, up from eight in Q1 2016. Despite this achievement, the overall dealmaking climate is cautious amid political uncertainty and high valuations, leaving many divided on whether the trend toward megadeals will continue much further. Read more
25 May 2017
The month of April had 1,026 deals worldwide totaling US$229.9bn, up 3.8% in value despite 530 fewer deals when compared to April 2016. The Consumer and the Pharma, Medical & Biotech sectors led the month in terms of acquisitions. LVMH’s US$13.2bn buyout of minority investors in fashion designer Christian Dior, as well as the US$4.6bn purchase of Belle International Holdings by a Chinese private equity consortium, helped to drive Consumer activity. Read more