Deals

Asia Pacific

Japan heading for biggest M&A spree in the U.S.

Japan is on track this year for its biggest acquisition spree in the US as advisers tell chief executives to pounce on deals while Chinese companies are hampered by trade war tensions. The advice of bankers and lawyers to accelerate US-targeted deals has intensified over recent months in line with both the surge in trade war rhetoric and the perception...

Asia-Pacific predicted to continue to dominate M&A activity In H2 2018

Intralinks has issued its Deal Flow Predictor for the fourth quarter of 2018. In the second half of the year, growth in the global number of announced deals will resume (after a first-half pause) at roughly 7% year over year. The strongest growth in announcements will come from technology (Intralinks calls this the TMT sector because tech includes...

HNA turns M&A norms around again

Everyone used to want to be on the sell side; now they want to be on the buy side.In recent months, there has been a new game in Hong Kong investment banking called ‘Distance yourself from HNA’. It is easy to play. On the way up, everyone wanted to advise HNA, the acquisitive-though-opaque Chinese conglomerate whose big holdings include stakes in...

The Morning Leverage: Brookfield Raises at Least $3.38B for Restructuring Fund

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Europe

The Greater Manchester Loan Fund managed by Maven Capital Partners invests £500,000 in a leading supplier of design-led furniture

One-stop furnishing solution for the residential property sector will create eight new jobs following investmentThe Fund celebrates 5th anniversary investing £15 million in 32 businesses The Greater Manchester Loan Fund (“GMLF”), managed by Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”), has completed its 32nd deal investing £500,000 in Manchester-based...

Private equity capital calls shrink to lowest level on record

Private equity fund distributions have outweighed capital calls by a significant and striking degree over the past five years. Data from eFront, the world’s leading alternative investment management software and solutions provider, shows that since the start of 2013, distributions from private equity funds have remained at historically high levels,...

YFM Equity Partners invests £4.5m to support the continued growth of Collaborative Project Management Services Ltd

YFM Equity Partners (YFM), the specialist private equity fund manager, has invested £4.5m from its managed funds into Collaborative Project Management Services (CPMS) to support the continued growth of the business through ongoing new product and market development.  YFM’s investment is the sixth investment from its £46m buyout fund. CPMS...

YFM Equity Partners backs the £10m MBO of DSP Database Managed Services

YFM Equity Partners (“YFM”), the specialist private equity fund manager has backed the MBO of DSP Database Managed Services (“DSP”), a leading provider of database and data platform managed services.  Charlie Robinson and Ian Waterfield led the investment for YFM and this announcement marks the sixth investment from YFM’s Buyout...

H.I.G. Capital announces the sale of KidsFoundation

H.I.G. Capital (“H.I.G.”), a leading global private equity investment firm with more than €21 billion of equity capital under management, announced today that one of its affiliates has entered a definitive agreement to sell the KidsFoundation Group (“KidsFoundation”), the Dutch market leader in childcare services, to Onex Corporation...

Mena

MENA drops 57.6% in value of M&A

The value of mergers and acquisitions in the Middle East and North Africa region declined by 57.6 per cent in 2017, despite the deal count maintaining almost the same level as the previous year, according to Mergermarket, a provider of M&A data and intelligence. For full year 2017, 126 deals worth approximately $16 billion (Dh58.76 billion) were recorded...

Private equity consortium invests into supplier of corporate and promotional apparel

A private equity consortium comprising RMB Corvest, RMB Ventures and Ethos Mid Market Fund have, alongside management, acquired 100% of Kevro, Africa’s largest value-add supplier of corporate and promotional apparel, and other brandable products.  Kevro was acquired from Ethos Fund VI, which had owned a 72% stake in the group since 2011 and...

European business deals with Iran are safe, says Tillerson

AFP Last updated: October 22, 2017 The United States does not intend to disrupt European business deals with Iran, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in comments published Friday.Tillerson, speaking one week after President Donald Trump refused to certify the Iran nuclear deal and left its fate to the US Congress,...

Mourant Ozannes advises Saudi Aramco on US$10 Billion Islamic bond issuance programme

Mourant Ozannes has advised the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, otherwise known as Saudi Aramco, in connection with the corporate structuring of its first Sukuk Issuance Programme, for an issuance of up to SAR 37.5 billion (US$10 billion) Sukuk (Islamic bonds), and its SAR 11.25 billion (US$3 billion) Sukuk issuance under the Programme. The Mourant Ozannes...

Job fair offers hope for Syrian refugees in Jordan

Around 50 companies were represented at the one-day event Wednesday as they scouted for candidates to fill some 1,000 job opportunities, compiling lists of applicants by name, age and qualification.The EU-funded job fair, a first at the desert camp that houses some 80,000 refugees, comes after the launch in August of the only employment office at Zaatari...

International

Will the M&A boom continue?

The global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market is enjoying a boom – of that there can be little doubt. In the first half of this year global M&A deals reached a record $2.5trn (£1.9trn) in value, according to Thompson Reuters, a rise of 65 per cent on a year earlier. Much of this has been underpinned by the generous use of debt but also a lot...

Software innovation spurs record-breaking M&A transaction volumes and valuations for enterprise software

Hampleton Partners Report reveals billion dollar plus deal volumes more than double in six months In its latest analysis of global Mergers & Acquisitions activity in Enterprise Software, Hampleton Partners reports that the sector delivered its best half year on record with 522 transactions in total. Deal volume was up 11 percent year-over-year...

Booming blockchains

An emerging trend to watch is leading blockchain startups making major acquisitions to better their market positions. June saw two interesting deals with Tron purchasing BitTorrent for $126 million in cash and BNC acquiring news service Cryptocurrency Newsfeed. In July, Binance snatched up Trust Wallet. In May, Coinbase acquired trading platform Paradex. Blockchain...

Linklaters M&A Tracker – Year to July 2018

Taking a look at the M&A market from the start of 2018 through to the end of July Corporate Partner, Nick Rumsby, commented: “There has been significant M&A activity in the last six months in all segments of the market, with lots of confidence in evidence across the world but particularly in the US” “However, we have started to see signs...

Global M&A value up in H1, despite decline in volume

Values increases in all regions except Asia-Pacific, boosted by sizeable deals in Western Europe and North AmericaPE/VC value also climbs in most regions The aggregate value of global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) improved in the first half of 2018, despite volume declining over the six months, according to M&A information collected by Bureau van...