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M&A activity at its highest level since 2007

A recent report by Thomson Reuters has revealed that M&A activity reached £2.3 trillion in 2014. The review shows that more than 40,000 M&A deals were announced in 2014 – representing a 6 % increase on 2013.   Global M&A activity was at its strongest towards the end of 2014...

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Mergers & Acquisitions in December 2014

The month of December saw 275 acquisitions of UK based companies publicly announced – a relatively strong end to the calendar year.   The highlight of the month was the announcement that Aviva and Friends life Group had entered into a formal agreement. The deal which is subject to court,...

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esure take full control of Gocompare in £95 million deal

Insurance giant esure has announced that it has acquired the remaining 50% stake in price comparison wesbite Gocompare in a deal that will give them full control of the company.   esure has said the acquisition would help to create “investment opportunities in the short term to drive expansion and...

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Mergers & Acquisitions in November 2014

252 acquisitions were publically announced in November in what is set up to be a strong end to the calendar year.   November was particularly notable for a 16 percent rise in Global private equity investment to $34 billion, according to online deals database Zephyr. This figure is largely attributed...

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What affects deal value?

In its most rudimentary form, the value of a business is how much the owner is prepared to accept for it and how much the buyer is prepared to pay for it.   When using a comprehensive business valuation tool the value of a business is determined by a number...

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Mergers & Acquisitions in October 2014

In what was a promising start to the final quarter of 2014, a total of 255 deals were publically announced in October.   During October it was announced that Qualcomm Inc. has agreed to acquire CSR Plc, a Cambridge-based developer of silicon, software and services for the consumer electronics market....

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Mergers & Acquisitions in September 2014

The third quarter of 2014 ended with a total of 279 deals publically announced for the month of September.   The most notable deal of the month was the £450 million acquisition of Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd by New York-headquartered Viacom International Media Networks Inc. Viacom is involved in the...

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Viacom complete £450m deal for Channel 5

After several months of waiting for clearance from the European Commission, Viacom International Media Networks Inc. has confirmed that it has completed the £450 million acquisition of Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd.   The merger means the American media giant will have a firm foothold within the UK broadcasting market and...

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Mergers & Acquisitions in August 2014

The month of August saw 211 acquisitions of UK based companies publicly announced, according to professional deals database, Zephyr.   The main talking point of August was undoubtedly the £3.8 billion merger of Carphone Warehouse plc and Dixons Retail plc. The new company, which will be called Dixons Carphone, will...

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Mergers & Acquisitions in July 2014

July saw a total of 281 M&A deals as the third quarter of the year started relatively strong.   At £924m, the biggest deal of the month was Energy Investments Global Ltd’s acquisition of Heritage Oil plc which came into effect on the first of the month. At 320 pence...

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