Deals

Asia Pacific

Duff & Phelps enhances restructuring and dispute offering with acquisition of Zolfo Cooper Asia

Expands Footprint in Greater China Region Duff & Phelps, the global advisor that protects, restores and maximizes value for clients, today announced the acquisition of Zolfo Cooper Asia, a leading independent provider of restructuring, insolvency, litigation support and forensic accounting services. The combination of Duff & Phelps and Zolfo...

Investcorp launches in India with acquisition of IDFC Alternative’s Private Equity and Realty Businesses

Entry in to India expands footprint of direct investments into Asia Investcorp a leading global provider and manager of alternative investment products, today announced the launch of its operations in India with the imminent completion of its first deal, the acquisition of the Private Equity and Real Estate investment management businesses of IDFC...

China, Japan overseas M&A push to extend in 2019

China’s economic growth slowdown to drive dealmaking abroadJapanese companies may continue to seek large foreign dealsCompanies in China and Japan will continue their pursuit of overseas acquisitions this year amid the economic growth slowdown and geopolitical uncertainty, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. Ready availability of capital will...

Japanese groups invest £4.2bn in the UK and Ireland between 2013 and 2017, reveals new M&A report by Livingstone

Transaction values in UK and Ireland reached £978m from Japanese group acquisitions in 2017230 middle market companies acquired across the globe by Japanese groups – up 13% from 2016 Global increase in total transaction values globally to £15.9bn in 2017 –up 15% Europe continued to experience high buyer interest from Japan in 2017, with average...

Japan heading for biggest M&A spree in the U.S.

Japan is on track this year for its biggest acquisition spree in the US as advisers tell chief executives to pounce on deals while Chinese companies are hampered by trade war tensions. The advice of bankers and lawyers to accelerate US-targeted deals has intensified over recent months in line with both the surge in trade war rhetoric and the perception...

Europe

Coffin Mew advises on Straightpoint UK acquisition

Leading law firm Coffin Mew acted on behalf of Hampshire-based equipment manufacturer, Straightpoint (UK) Limited, in its sale to The Crosby Group, the largest lifting, rigging and materials handling hardware company in the world.   The acquisition includes Straightpoint’s manufacturing facility and headquarters in Havant, which...

Palamon completes roll-over investment in Ober Scharrer Gruppe alongside Nordic Capital

Palamon Capital Partners (“Palamon” or the “Firm”) has completed a roll-over investment, alongside core Palamon investors Adams Street Partners and PGGM, in Ober Scharrer Gruppe (“The Company”) following the sale of the Company by Palamon to majority owner Nordic Capital Fund IX in 2018.  Palamon originally acquired a majority...

deVere acquires UAE-based wealth adviser, Prosperity

One of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations is continuing its “ambitious vertical and horizontal growth strategy” with the acquisition of Prosperity, a UAE-based IFA firm.  deVere Group founder and CEO, Nigel Green, announced the acquisition to his existing teams across his global network on Wednesday...

Thirdpresence acquires Flowplayer to fix broken video monetization with machine learning

Thirdpresence, a programmatic video advertising company, has acquired video platform Flowplayer to develop a unified contextual video and advertising offering that helps advertisers achieve their branding objectives and improve the ability for premium publishers to monetize their content. The newly combined company will operate under the Flowplayer...

Maven and NVM back Mojo Mortgages with £3.25 million investment as part of £7 million funding round

New digital broker platform brings end-to-end solution to the mortgage application process Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”) and NVM Private Equity (“NVM”) have completed a £3.25 million equity investment in UK fintech start-up Mojo Mortgages (“Mojo” or the “Company”), which aims to create a better mortgage experience by providing...

Mena

Israel’s Magenta Venture Partners announces first closing of a new $100M fund focused on early stage Israeli startups

Israeli VC firm Magenta Venture Partners announced today a new venture capital fund targeting $100 million. The new fund had its initial closing in October 2018 and is planning its final closing in 2019. Magenta Venture Partners is an equal partnership between Mitsui & Co. Ltd., one of the largest trading and investment companies in Japan,...

Roquette invests in Israeli seed breeding company Equinom

The companies signed an agreement to develop high-protein pea varieties for food markets Roquette, a global leader in plant-based ingredients for Food, Nutrition and Health markets and a pioneer in new vegetal proteins, and Equinom Ltd., an innovative Israel based breeding technology company, have signed a partnership agreement for the development...

Maitland acquires Talaria, launches Maitland Family Office

Cross-border specialist wealth service likely to appeal to those needing offshore estate planning Maitland, the global advisory and administration firm, has announced the formation of Maitland Family Office, a multi-family office to service high net worth families, individuals and entrepreneurs in South Africa. The new entity will be one of the...

MENA drops 57.6% in value of M&A

The value of mergers and acquisitions in the Middle East and North Africa region declined by 57.6 per cent in 2017, despite the deal count maintaining almost the same level as the previous year, according to Mergermarket, a provider of M&A data and intelligence. For full year 2017, 126 deals worth approximately $16 billion (Dh58.76 billion) were recorded...

Private equity consortium invests into supplier of corporate and promotional apparel

A private equity consortium comprising RMB Corvest, RMB Ventures and Ethos Mid Market Fund have, alongside management, acquired 100% of Kevro, Africa’s largest value-add supplier of corporate and promotional apparel, and other brandable products.  Kevro was acquired from Ethos Fund VI, which had owned a 72% stake in the group since 2011 and...

International

EMEA Deal Drivers in 2018

This exclusive and comprehensive report presents an in-depth review of all M&A activities across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (EMEA), with analyses of specific geographical regions and market sectors. It also identifies key trends set to develop over the course of 2019. The report key highlights include: 2018 saw uneven progress for M&A,...

Intralinks® Deal Flow Predictor for Q2 2019

The number of announced M&A deals in Europe, the Middle East & Africa is forecast to fall by around 1 percent year-over-year during the first six months of 2019, with the Real Estate, Energy & Power and Materials sectors in Southern Europe and the Middle predicted to lead growth, according to the latest issue of the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor.  Along...

Harris Williams advises NSC Minerals Ltd. on its sale to Kissner Group Holdings LP

Harris Williams, a global investment bank specializing in M&A advisory services, announces that it advised NSC Minerals Ltd. (NSC), a portfolio company of Altas Partners (Altas), on its sale to Kissner Group Holdings LP (Kissner). The transaction was led by Tim Webb, Ty Denoncourt and Peter Grace of the Harris Williams’ Industrials Group and Joe Conner...

How company bosses need to protect themselves from increasingly ‘creative’ legal action

Company bosses and directors are being targeted increasingly with ‘creative’ legal action over investment deals that have gone wrong. It is clear that management teams and non-executive directors are now operating in a rapidly developing and fraught environment. Claims from investors and lenders are being pursued more aggressively outside...

Zephyr Global M&A Review, 2018

Global M&A value up year-on-yearValue increases in all regions except Asia-Pacific and MENA, boosted by sizeable deals in Western Europe and North AmericaPE/VC value also up, driven by investment in Western Europe The aggregate value of global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) increased in 2018, according to M&A information collected by Bureau van Dijk,...