2020 Annual Report

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Specialists in M&A from start to finish

As clients move to recover and thrive, we’ve been helping them to manage distressed assets, undertake vital acquisitions and accelerate their M&A strategies. As a result, we were named the leader in Financial Advisory for UK, EMEA and global M&A deal activity in H1 2020, by Mergermarket.

More and more, we’re enabling our clients to disrupt their markets through M&A. Our teams have worked with businesses to set up corporate venture capital arms, redesigning their strategies to put disruptive technology at the fore. In practice this means integrating vital new capabilities within businesses and bringing innovative products and services to market.

We can accelerate M&A processes and provide flexibility and deep analytical insight. For example, we assisted a client in a key disposal and reinvestment programme that rapidly enabled them to strike when the market was hot and refocus their business on profitable growth.

Whether it’s helping to develop joint ventures and partnerships, acquiring core and disruptive businesses, maximising return from carving out non-core business units, or originating new opportunities for private financial investors, we’re enabling our clients to recover and thrive in the 'next normal' environment.

All sectors need to reinvent themselves to recover and thrive; M&A will have a strong influence in shaping the ‘next normal’ environment.

The new world

As clients begin to emerge from the disruption of COVID-19, we’re seeing an up-tick in deal activity. The value of deals announced in the first six months of 2020 has increased by 45 percent to $84 billion in the UK and by nine percent to $274 billion across Europe. Sixteen deals of more than $3 billion have been announced in EMEA since lockdown began in the UK.1

Historically, M&A markets tend to recover quickly. Now, as companies prepare for a new world with fundamentally reshaped economies and societies, it’s inevitable that the deal-making environment will materially change. Corporate purpose, sustainability, resilience and increased trust will need to be intertwined with commercial success.

In a post-COVID economy, M&A is emerging as a big deal.

Source: Thomson Reuters 18th March - 31st August 2020.

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