A deal pause?

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?

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?

Five takeaways….

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….

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

Confident?

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?