M&A blip or trend?

This week’s blog comes from Michel Driessen, a Senior Partner in EY Transaction Advisory Services. Sometimes one day can really captures the corporate zeitgeist. Global deal values were already running at a near record. UK M&A hit its highest level in over a decade in the first quarter. But the US$120b of deals announced in just … More M&A blip or trend?

Where do we go from here?

Well, we said it could be a pivotal month! I confess that I didn’t have this exact scenario  in mind, but it does seem to follow recent global trends of polarised politics and electorates looking for something new. This is still – as they say in 24 hour news circles – a ‘fluid situation’. But, today I just wanted to take a moment to think about where we could go from here. Emphasis on the ‘could’ since this could be an interesting ride. … More Where do we go from here?

Adding capabilities

In the search for growth, what’s the most important question on business leaders’ minds? Our survey says: “how can I future proof my business?”  It’s a central issue for companies and one that we think is changing the way they are thinking about deals. Companies are still buying for reach and scale; but increasingly they’re looking to buy skills, … More Adding capabilities


So, this week we assess the latest bout of market calm in the context of the CCB survey, looking at how and where UK companies are shifting their attention. … More Confident?

Mind the gap! Hard vs soft data

The gap between hard and soft data is one of the biggest stories in the market right now.  What’s giving us the more accurate picture: surveys tracking activity or those polling sentiment? We’re going to explore the debate this week through a series of questions, asking what we mean by hard and soft data, the source of the gap and what it means for companies and markets. … More Mind the gap! Hard vs soft data