This week’s post comes from Steve Ivermee, Managing Partner, UKI Transaction Advisory Services at EY. This might be a strange, even bizarre question to ask given the uncertainties currently faced by the UK economy and – by extension – UK companies. But, our latest Global Capital Confidence Barometer has two really striking UK headlines. For … More Could the UK become a hotbed of M&A in 2019?
This week’s post comes from Steve Ivermee, Managing Partner, UKI Transaction Advisory Services at EY. UK M&A intentions hit a four-year low in EY’s 19th Capital Confidence Barometer (CCB19). It’s an eye catching figure, but what does this mean on the ground for UK deal activity and how UK companies allocate their capital? If we combine … More A deal pause?
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?
In the last few weeks, EY surveys and reports have taken the temperature of the UK’s capital confidence, earnings forecasts and the economy. In this week’s blog, we’re pulling this together and picking out five essential takeaways. UK companies face an extraordinary range of challenges; but they are also taking extraordinary measures, doing more than … More Five takeaways….
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?