This week’s blog comes from Julie Carlyle, Partner and Head of Retail, UK & Ireland, and Brian Marshall, Transaction Advisory Services Retail Leader. Many retailers are pinning their hopes on the next six weeks – the golden period that could make or break their year. As we approach Black Friday, we’ll look at the prospects for … More Retail focus: Last Christmas?
This week’s Capital Agenda Blog comes from Alan Hudson, Head of UK Restructuring. In the last year, we’ve been talking about UK companies issuing the highest number of profit warnings since the global financial crisis. But, in our latest analysis, we’ve had to go back even further to find our reference point. In Q2 2019, … More Where is uncertainty hitting hardest?
This week’s post comes from Steve Ivermee, Managing Partner, UKI Transaction Advisory Services at EY. We’ve just experienced the biggest first half for global deals on record. Meanwhile, total UK deal values in H1 2018 were only surpassed by H1 2007, with domestic and inbound activity leading the charge. In my regular catch-up here on the … More Why is UK M&A booming in 2018?
Ostensibly it looks like we’ve returned to our desks picking up pretty much where we left off. Or have we? It was by no means as dramatic a summer as those of Eurozone crises and taper-tantrums past or even last year’s oil & China worries. But arguably the summer has been a pivotal period that has established the terms … More Eight things we learnt this summer
We’re taking stock four weeks on from the result of the EU Referendum. A great deal of water has passed under some political bridges; but in terms of BREXIT practicalities we’re not much the wiser and won’t be for some time. The eye of the storm is focused on those most exposed to the greatest … More 28 days later…
Takeways: This week we’re bringing you a ‘back to school’ edition of the blog – although, judging from this summer’s level of activity, it doesn’t look like many of you spent that much time away from your desk. Nevertheless, we thought it would be a good time to put together our thoughts on what the … More What could the rest of 2015 hold?
Takeaways: It’s a week that’s pushed US and UK rate expectations back, brought ECB buying forward and dragged all three currencies, but especially the euro down. The UK’s brush with negative inflation added to the ‘loose’ narrative – just don’t call it deflation or get complacent. All this has helped steady bond markets, but it’s … More The minute waltz
Takeaways: Our newspapers, TVs and social media are becoming inundated with all-things-political as the UK trundles towards May’s General Election. Celebrity endorsements, campaign posters, Tony Blair taking centre-stage once again and not least, Margaret Thatcher’s 18-tonne bombproof ‘battle bus’ used in her 1983 campaign going up for sale – a steal for just £25,000. With … More With the 2015 General Election campaign trail just beginning, what’s being said?
Takeaways: UK economy picks up steam with GDP, employment growth and government borrowing performing strongly Demand for credit from UK companies is on the up, with supply gaps being filled from the increasingly established alternative funders Outlook appears robust for debt capital supply, with the potential UK EU referendum a key risk on the horizon … More As we power ahead, what next for the UK borrowers?
Takeaways: Some of the trends for the year discussed last week are already apparent in events during the first weeks of 2015. Innovation is driving IP-centric M&A and divergent economic performances is showing where future stress points may appear.