Mixed results for 2017 deal activity

While on face value, results for 2017 look disappointing, it is important to note that the value of announced deal activity seen since 2014 has surpassed all other years on record.

Apple adds Shazam to the family

For me, the announcement that Apple is to acquire Shazam really isn't that surprising. In fact, it is more a case of why they haven't announced the deal earlier.

Four-legged family members to be pampered in Asia

In the UK we have long been seen as a nation of animal lovers and now it would appear that three Asian companies are confident this trend will spread throughout the Asia Pacific region, with a USD 1bn acquisition announced today.

Body Shop to get a makeover

The recently completed acquisition of the Body Shop by Natura, a company which is perhaps more aligned with the original values of its founder, could lead to a new take on the '60s catchphrase "Ding Dong Avon Calling!"

Global fans to be targeted with Fanatics’ latest round of funding

Online sports merchandising company Fanatics’ most recent round of funding dwarfs its previous investments, with proceeds being earmarked for increasing its revenue in international markets.