M&A Features

Mergers in the legal sector

There has been a spate of international consolidation among law firms as legal services providers turn to mergers in an attempt to regain and expand their global footprint in a somewhat sluggish market.


Snapshot of the latest US blockbuster deals

In case you missed it, there has been a flurry of announced blockbuster merger and acquisition (M&A) deals targeting companies based in the US at the end of October.

Malaysia is a hotbed for large IPOs

Investor interest in the sale of shares in the traditional Asian financial centres of Hong Kong and Singapore may be waning, but Malaysia’s initial public offering (IPO) market has bucked the trend, proving to be a hotbed for large listings and a bright spot in an otherwise lacklustre sector.

Are Russian IPOs on the up again?

Although worldwide M&A statistics in general continue to make for grim reading, one corner of the globe has so far proven to be fairly active in 2012. The number of Russian companies announcing initial public offerings (IPOs) or reportedly considering listings has been relatively high in the first nine months of the year, most notably the rumoured flotation of mobile phone network MegaFon.

Crisis-hit eurozone countries still waiting for the M&A bargain hunters

One possible benefit of the continuing economic crisis affecting eurozone countries such as Greece, Spain and Portugal is the potential for bargains for companies and investors with money to spend. But it appears that this potential is not being realised, and the lure of rich pickings has so far failed to attract the floods of buyers that might have been anticipated.

Global M&A – a tale of two extremes?

Unsurprisingly, the ongoing global debt crisis has continued to affect dealmaking activity in the first half of 2012, but while uncertainty prevails, there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel in the shape of possible recovery signs in Europe and the Middle-East.

There's oil in them thar deals

Just a few years ago, the Eagle Ford Shale play in Texas was largely unheard of in mainstream M&A dealmaking, with only independent exploration firms venturing to tap its unknown resources. Today, there are more than 200 companies and lease operators active in the region, all seeking to take advantage of the most active shale play in the world, according to a website devoted to the reserve.

Cleantech PE investment: a new dawn?

Despite the ongoing global financial crisis and various reports lamenting the demise of the sector following a poor performance in 2011, private equity investment in the cleantech market appears to be showing some green shoots of recovery, according to figures from Zephyr.

Reasons to be cheerful - Middle Eastern M&A

Against a backdrop of political stability in the region, M&A activity in the Middle East goes from strength-to-strength, according to data from Zephyr.

Is private equity getting its second wind?

Is it too soon to hope for a return of the big-value buyouts? Deal data from Zephyr shows that the private equity sector has some colour in its cheeks again.

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