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In a much-talked-about piece in the New York Times recently, Hernan Cristerna, Co-Head of Global M&A at JP Morgan Chase, diagnosed the global mergers and acquisitions market as alive and very much kicking – in spite of ongoing Brexit anxieties and considerable political uncertainty around the Trump administration. Cross-border European-US transactions have already increased by over 80% this year, with some truly blockbuster deals counting among them such as Johnson & Johnson’s… Read More

Benchmark International is pleased to announce that after an exciting year of growth, we are expanding our international reach to Ireland. The news comes after our recent announcement that Benchmark International will have a presence in South Africa, with the opening of our new Cape Town offices. Ireland has witnessed a staggering economic turnaround as of late, with unemployment being dramatically slashed and the Bank of Ireland forecasting GDP growth of 4.8%… Read More

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of Furlong Business Solutions to Volaris Group. Furlong is a unique Management Information System provider in the UK, working with schools across the world. Whether you’re looking to improve access to data, consolidate many disparate systems or improve parental engagement, they can help. More than 285 schools worldwide trust Furlong software products, they provide comprehensive management information solutions. Furlong aim to be a valued… Read More

Irrespective of the outcome and the eventual deal Britain strikes with the EU, there will be greater uncertainty for businesses in the near-term. So what and how will this affect the M&A sector? History shows us that turbulent times economically, politically and socially produce a short term drop in investment and a period of re-appraisal, followed not so remarkably by a resumption in activity. With interest rates low – and set to… Read More

It seems as though every other day, the headlines announce a new acquisition among major retailers. The giants in the industry are diversifying their products, sucking up more stock, and building mighty kingdoms that boutique and small business owners can’t even throw stones at. How can these smaller businesses possibly compete? First, take a look at what’s happening… It was recently announced that Michael Kors would acquire the Jimmy Choo brand for $1.17 billion…. Read More

Disclosure schedules are an integral part of any merger or acquisition (M&A) transaction. They contain information required by the acquisition agreement—typically a listing of important contracts, intellectual property, employee information, and other materials as well as exceptions or qualifications to the detailed representations and warranties of the selling company contained in the acquisition agreement. An incorrect or incomplete disclosure schedule could result in a breach of the acquisition agreement and possible significant… Read More

Timing is, without doubt, one of the most critical factors in mergers and acquisitions; a recent report found that it is, in fact, the single most reliable predictor in terms of creating real shareholder value. But why is timing so crucial? Think Macro! Acquiring a company is a risk that’s ultimately taken based on the health or otherwise of economies – and we’re talking about macro-economies here, looking way beyond the company… Read More

ROC Northwest are a residential care, domiciliary care and educational care service provider for young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, learning, physical disabilities and complex needs with associated challenging behaviour and young people with SEBD. Community inclusion and participation enhance and enrich young people’s lives both educationally and socially. ROC offer exceptional, individual quality environments that put young people at the centre of the programmes they operate. Speaking about the deal, Benchmark… Read More

Entrepreneurs, by nature, are people who spend a considerable amount of time looking for the next opportunity. And for them, ‘the next opportunity’ often includes a suitable time to sell their company. But what, practically, are the most common reasons for sale? 1. Business Value vs Liquidity Getting hold of liquidity in your company is a valuable opportunity, because while there is always value in a business, there is no real liquidity… Read More

French rental car company, Europcar has made its fourth acquisition of the year in the form of Europe’s largest low-cost car rental agency, Goldcar. Europcar announced in December that it was looking to spend up to €500 million on franchised companies, car sharing services or local rivals within the car rental sector in order to achieve its ambitious growth targets and remain competitive. Caroline Parot, Europcar chief executive, commented that the acquisition… Read More

Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has given the go-ahead for the £11 billion merger of Scotland-based asset management companies Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management. Stating that it had decided not to refer the merger to a second phase in-depth investigation, the CMA has made way for the formation of Europe’s second largest fund manager and a global top 25 player, with £660 billion assets under management. The CMA began a… Read More

Benchmark International is proud to announce that it has, once again, been named ‘International Mid-Market Corporate Finance Adviser of the Year’ at the annual ACQ Global Awards. This is an especially proud moment for Benchmark International as it marks the third time that it has secured this prestigious award, having previously won in 2014 and 2015. Since 2006, the ACQ Global Awards have celebrated the achievements, innovation and brilliance of industry leaders,… Read More

A Manchester-based M&A specialist has expanded into South Africa with the opening of an office in Cape Town. Benchmark International already has a significant presence in both the UK and North America, with its original Manchester base having been joined by offices in Oxford, New York, Tampa, Austin and Nashville. Its Cape Town office will be headed up by Andre Bresler and Dustin Graham. Bresler, South Africa managing director, said: “This is a… Read More

Following news last week that Apple had completed a deal to acquire sleep-tracking device company Beddit, the tech behemoth has completed yet another acquisition in the form of Lattice.io. In a higher profile deal than Beddit, Apple revealed it had acquired the artificial intelligence and machine learning start-up, which takes dark data and turns it into useable information. While no official information was released as to the value of the deal, it’s… Read More

Italy’s largest coffee group by sales, Lavazza now have the capacity to spend up to €2bn on acquisitions to further its global ambitions within a strong industry dominated by Nestlé and JAB of Switzerland. Lavazza Chief executive, Antonio Baravalle said: “If we want to be independent in this big consolidation process, there is only one possibility – to grow. Either you sell or you grow, there is no other alternative.” Mr Baravalle… Read More

Last week it was revealed that Apple had completed a low-key deal to acquire Beddit, a Finnish company that makes sleep-tracking devices compatible with apps for both iOS and the Apple Watch. News of the acquisition was broken by CNBC which reported that the privacy section of the Beddit website had been updated to note the deal and confirm that all consumer data is now subject to Apple’s own privacy policy. Beddit… Read More

New York design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle brands, Coach Inc has acquired its rival Kate Spade & Company for $2.4 billion, a figure “not justified strictly by the numbers” according to the New York Times. The deal figure represents a 27.5 per cent premium on the share price of Kate Space before talk of a deal emerged in December. Coach’s chief executive Victor Luis has promised to only cut… Read More

Apple has hit the headlines this week with the media speculating whether or not they are set for a mammoth acquisition due to its significant and ever-growing stash of cash. It’s estimated that the tech giant holds somewhere in the region of a quarter-trillion dollars that it could use to snap up another business or two. Amongst the potential acquisition targets is Netflix and Tesla Motors, with both brands making a lot… Read More

This week it was announced SiriusXM would acquire San Francisco-based connected car company Automatic Labs Inc. in a deal worth $100 million, according to TechCrunch. The acquisition brings together two giants in the connected car industry with Automatic’s data driven platform providing drivers with vehicle diagnostic alerts, emergency crash assistance, fuel monitoring, access to parting information and live vehicle location tracking, joining SiriusXM which offers leading, commercial-free audio entertainment and data services… Read More

According to a recent report, UK companies are braced for a surge in deal-making this year, as executives prepare their businesses for life away from the European Union. Accountancy juggernaut Ernst & Young found that 51% of UK firms expect to actively pursue mergers and acquisitions within the next 12 months, a rise of three percent from October 2016, but slightly lagging behind the global figure of 56%. Despite the backdrop of… Read More