In the six months since our last Deals update, we’ve continued to see an active Deals market, both locally and further afield. Our work has included a full spectrum of deal sizes, different sectors and types of funding, with deals ranging from BC Partners’ sale of Antelliq Group to Merck to flagship local deals such as LDC’s investment in Zip World and the sale of Simbec-Orion Group by WLSF. This broader transaction profile enables us to leverage insights across a number of different transactions and situations as well as providing our team with some great due diligence experience.
As the world moves to be more datacentric, we are upskilling our deals practice in data analytics and visualisation tools, enabling us to provide richer insights and better quality analysis to our clients. Underlying transactional data analysis is increasingly common to understand trading trends and we recognise the ability to extract this data, understand it and present it is increasingly important.
Whilst there is clear uncertainty from the ongoing Brexit negotiations, there continues to be good funding available from private equity, development capital and from lenders as well as ongoing appetite from corporates to continue their M&A strategies. As a result, the pipeline for 2019 continues to look healthy as good quality businesses continue to attract interest.
For more information, please contact Tom Ayerst.