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The consultation is looking at putting more power in the hands of target firms

Takeover Panel consultation on Post Offer Undertakings and Intentions Statements

Simon Staples, partner at law firm Ashfords, examines how new rules could be put in place making it easier to hold bidders to account for the promises made during the heat of a merger battle.

Business builder: Vin Murria has assembled an experienced management team

Closing acquisitions the Vin Murria way

Despite being told that she can't cook, clean or drive in a straight line, technology entrepreneur Vin Murria knows how to grow her business by purchasing others.

A panel of industry judges awarded Patrick Gallagher Dealmaker of the Year

How to close 13 acquisitions in four years

For most businesses, closing an acquisition is a process fraught with difficulty before, during and after. But for experienced dealmaker Patrick Gallagher, it's how he is building CitySprint into a dominant player in the same-day distribution market.

Torgny Gunnarsson heads up Imprima, a cloud services provider

The state of play for UK M&A

Despite a drastic dip in domestic UK mergers and acquisitions, Torgny Gunnarsson, CEO of Imprima, examines how trends point towards positivity for 2014.

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.

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