Why is restaurant distress back on the menu?

If we take one message from recent trading statements, it’s that UK consumers are feeling the strain. Of the fourteen profit warnings we’ve recorded in the last ten days, nine are from consumer-related sectors and four are from companies in the FTSE Travel & Leisure sector. This week’s blog focuses on restaurants, a sector that’s … More Why is restaurant distress back on the menu?

Season of contrasts

As we move into autumn I’m struck by growing contrasts. Heightened geopolitical tensions are hard to miss and financial risks are moving back in the spotlight. But, there are also many positives, including improving earnings and Eurozone story. This week we highlight some of the themes we think exemplify this contradictory outlook – and think about … More Season of contrasts

A decade on…

This week’s blog comes from Chris Lowe, Transaction Advisory Services Partner &  joint head of our Capital & Debt Advisory team.     Is it really a decade since the start of the credit crunch? Apparently so, although picking one significant date could put us in danger of missing a vital point: crashes and crunches don’t tend … More A decade on…

Activist M&A

As shareholder activist interest in Europe grows, we increasingly need to factor their influence into the M&A landscape. This week we look at what’s influencing activist activity in Europe, how that activity is evolving and how companies should respond to activists and changing shareholder dynamics. If you can’t beat ‘em… should you join ‘em ?