All Merger & Acquisition

India's growth has stalled recently but is improving in a number of areas

India: Emerging market of choice for acquirers

Amy Coburn, associate at Faegre Baker Daniels, looks at what could be a positive year for mergers and acquisitions in India.

There is clear evidence that public companies are back hunting for acquisitions

Capitalise on public companies' renewed appetite for mid-sized businesses

Thinking of selling your company? Peter Gray, partner at Cavendish Corporate Finance, outlines the positives and negatives of going down the public buyer route.

Vodafone sold its stake in US business Verizon for $130 billion

Vodafone sale might trigger sustained revival in deal activity

Mergers and acquisitions are inherently linked to business confidence, so could a series of bigger deals kick-start activity in the rest of the market?

The M&A Awards 2013 were hosted by Sky News presenter Charlotte Hawkins

Finding a winning formula for closing acquisitions

With the sixth annual M&A Awards producing some worthy winners, GrowthBusiness talks to some of the victors to find out the attributes needed for high-quality deals.

Deal activity: Buy-out firms are findings good value in the lower mid-market

Agile lower mid-market businesses key to driving deal flow

Ian Sale, managing director in the Acquisition Finance team at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, analyses how the performance of the lower mid-market could lead to its own investment focus. 

Acquisition activity: Business Growth Fund firms now have the cash to start buying

Investment for business growth video: How acquisitions can accelerate growth

As part of an exclusive roundtable hosted by GrowthBusiness, we speak to four Business Growth Fund investments to see how M&A is working now capital is on the table.

Different strategies: We brought together four Business Growth Fund portfolio firms

Investment for business growth: Taking on capital for acquisitions

Acquisitions form an important part of many company development plans, and is a strategy currently being supported by the Business Growth Fund. GrowthBusiness meets four of its portfolio companies to find out how.

Getting it right: Ball says that planning must start at an early stage

Avoiding a false positive in mid-market M&A

Daniel Ball, director at software company Wax Digital, looks at what must be considered before, during and after any merger transaction.

British business: The first five months of 2012 saw £26 billion of foreign to UK M&A

A slice of British pie

With M&A now being conducted on an increasingly cross-border basis, Raymond Fagan, partner at Cavendish Corporate Finance, looks at why UK businesses are an attractive option for overseas buyers.

Dov Katz, partner and head of AIM at Howard Kennedy

Video: M&A on AIM 2012

Dov Katz, partner and head of AIM at law firm Howard Kennedy, picks out some of the highlights of this year's M&A on AIM research report.

Structured research: Pre-deal investigative work can help identify alternative buyers

Quickly and quietly

Mark Hardwicke, managing partner at Solution Corporate Finance, looks at why discretion and momentum are vital to achieve a successful business sale. 

M&A on Aim research 2012

An AIM rising

New research from GrowthBusiness finds that domestic and foreign companies are continuing to use AIM to make acquisitions. We speak to businesses and advisors conducting deals to find out what is driving M&A activity on the junior market.

Non-financial due diligence provides an alternative way to run the ruler

Importance of non-financial examinations

Mike Robson, director at advisory firm Azure Partners, argues that those pursuing acquisitive plans must look beyond the traditional financial due diligence that dominates deal-making.

Ian Larkin, managing director at Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance

Assets for M&A

Ian Larkin, managing director at Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance, explores how management teams and private equity sponsors are increasingly leveraging their fixed and intangible assets to fund corporate transactions.

Robin Murray Brown, partner at executive search firm Tyzack Partners

The human element

Robin Murray Brown, partner at executive search firm Tyzack Partners, argues that acquisitions often focus on financial elements and fail to properly recognise the human aspect of a deal.

Courageous executives to drive change

Taking control

Management buy-outs provide an opportunity for courageous executives to raise the stakes and drive change.

M&A cash reserves

Dry powder

With many corporates having underspent and left themselves with excess capital, Hunter Ruthven looks at how it could be used in 2012.

Seeking alternative forms of capital to fund transactions

A new deal 

Tumultuous economic conditions have led many businesses to seek alternative forms of capital to fund transactions. 

Dealmakers are adjusting to lower growth

Reality strikes back

Dealmakers are adjusting to lower growth, but it may take a more brutal shake-out of weaker companies to accelerate deal activity next year, according to Leumi ABL.

Playing the long game

While the last 12 months failed to deliver the hoped-for bounceback in the UK mid-market, there have been opportunities for the lucky few that can access finance.

More from GrowthBusiness

News & Market Deals

Deal leads: (L-R) John Forrest, Lawrence Bourke and Will Davie

Business Growth Fund backs 50th company from £2.5 billion fund

Aberdeen-based Task Geoscience has been backed by the Business Growth Fund through a deal worth £3.8 million.

The Entrepreneur

Expert view: Business plans are the new novels, says Richard Reed

Innocent Drink’s Richard Reed on life after a $500 million company

At the beginning of 2013 Richard Reed and the rest of his founding team at Innocent Drinks sold out the last of their stake to Coca Cola. GrowthBusiness finds out what happens after exiting a business valued at $500 million.

Comment & Analysis

Is AIM's renaissance complete?

With March IPOs raising £671 million on London's AIM market, it looks like the junior exchange is back to its best.

Research

Directors' Pay on AIM 2014

The most complete review of directors' remuneration on AIM.