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Mergers & Acquisitions in May 2015

211 deals involving UK companies were publically announced in May, according to deals database Zephyr.   The most valuable deal to complete in May was the £1.85 billion acquisition of Wood Mackenzie Ltd by United States based Verisk Analytics Inc.   Wood Mackenzie is a global leader in data analytics...

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IAG set to buy Aer Lingus stake

International Airlines Group (IAG), the owner of British Airways, is set to buy the Irish government’s 25% stake in Aer Lingus.   Aer Lingus rejected two takeover from IAG last year, claiming that they undervalued the business.   The offer also received strong opposition from Irish MPs, who voiced their...

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£150m private equity deal for Poundworld

High street retailer Poundworld has been acquired in a deal valued at £150m by leading global private investment firm TPG.   The all-cash deal will see founder of Poundworld, Chris Edwards, and his son, Christopher, as well as other members of the management team retain a “substantial minority” equity stake....

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Mergers & Acquisitions in April 2015

In what was an optimistic start to the second quarter, April saw 240 acquisitions of UK companies publically announced, according to M&A deals database, Zephyr.   The highlight of the month was undoubtedly the announcement that Royal Dutch Shell plc is to acquire oil and gas exploration firm BG Group...

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Quarter one 2015 review

M&A activity started strongly in 2015, reaching the highest first quarter level since 2007. According to the latest Quarterly M&A Report from Zephyr, mergers and acquisitions targeting Western European companies in the first three months of 2015 rose to £197.7 billion, which represents a growth of 25% over the two...

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Mergers & Acquisitions in March 2015

March rounded off a successful first quarter and saw 241 acquisitions of UK based companies, according to professional deals database, Zephyr.   One of the month’s main talking points was the acquisition of Lastminute.com Ltd, a UK based online travel agency operator. The company was acquired by Netherlands based Online...

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Technology Enabled Media & Marketing: Top 20 Deals of 2014

For mergers and acquisitions as a whole, 2014 was another record breaking year and Ciesco have reported an increase of 24% on 2013 within the technology enabled media and marketing sector. The total disclosed value of transactions was almost £77 billion, compared to just £16.5 billion in 2013.   This...

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Mergers & Acquisitions in February 2015

February 2015 saw 186 acquisitions of UK based companies publicly announced, according to professional deals database, Zephyr.   One of the main talking points of the past month was undoubtedly the announcement of BT Group plc’s pending £12.5 billion acquisition of EE Ltd.   The deal is expected to complete...

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BT and EE agree deal

BT Group plc has agreed a deal with Deutsche Telekom and Orange to acquire mobile network EE for £12.5 billion. The deal, which is expected to be completed by March 2016, is subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals, including approval from the Competition and Markets Authority.   The takeover will...

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2014 deal values 30% higher than 2013

Total deal values in 2014  surpassed that of 2013 by a staggering 30%, making it the best year for deal values since 2007, according to the M&A Index from Deloitte.   On a global scale, businesses are in a much better position to acquire; they have built up greater cash...

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