2018 deal levels are good, but not quite record breaking…

While deal levels for 2018 have been good, various actors have meant buyers were more cautious in the second half of the year, meaning results fell short of the record highs recorded in 2007 and 2015.

A “glittering” deal creating the world’s largest gold miner

Today’s announcement that Canada’s Barrick Gold will enter into a share for share merger with Randgold Resources will “create an industry-leading gold company with the greatest concentration of Tier One Gold Assets in the industry, the lowest total cash cost position among senior gold peers,” the companies said in a joint statement.

Aston Martin to zoom on to the London Stock Exchange?

Today has seen the announcement by Aston Martin that it may be considering selling a minimum of 25 per cent of its shares on the London Stock Exchange.

A car to suit everyone’s tastes

Speculation has emerged that Geely is to invest in Lotus, with a view to turning it into a luxury brand which can compete with the likes of Porsche and Ferrari.

When M&A and global politics collide...

Qualcomm’s announcement that it will not be moving any further with its attempted takeover of chipmaker NXP is just another example of the growing influence that the current global geo-political environment is having on M&A deals.