This time last year we were on the brink of an unpredicted and unpredictable UK General Election and unexpectedly loud tightening noises from UK and US central banks. Still markets remained mostly becalmed. Given how 2018 is panning out, I’ll be amazed if this summer passes without drama. Investors are getting to grips with so … More What I’m watching this summer (Part 1)
This week’s blog comes from Fredrik Bürger, who leads EY’s Private Equity Value Creation service offering across EMEA. Will this be the year Private Equity goes back to its roots? Buying and turning around unloved corporate divisions is an important part of PE’s heritage – and, I think, a bigger part of its future. In … More How can PE carve-out value?
This week’s blog comes from Ferga Kane, Director in EY Transaction Advisory Services team, focusing upon Government & Infrastructure Advisory. It’s a question faced the world over. Where can we find the additional funds we need, not just to maintain, but also to improve vital infrastructure? I believe that new challenges require us to embrace … More How do we plug the infrastructure gap?
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?
It doesn’t seem like five minutes ago that we were talking about a synchronised global recovery. Today my inbox is full of articles asking if this is ‘As good as it gets’. Have things really turned south that quickly and what is driving this change of heart? This week we’ll take the temperature of the … More Are we losing momentum?
Profit warnings have grabbed the headlines, but the headline number is actually pretty average for the time of year. What’s extraordinary is the detail behind the profit warnings we saw in an eventful first quarter – and what these warnings say about the rapid reshaping of a large part of the UK economy. … More Profit warnings signal high street blues
UK M&A began 2018 with a bang, posting a record first quarter and marking the best start to the year in more than a decade. … More UK M&A surge highlights confidence