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17th August 2018

Software innovation spurs record-breaking M&A activity

In its latest analysis of global Mergers & Acquisitions activity in Enterprise Software, Hampleton Partners reports that the sector delivered its best half year on record with 522 transactions in total. Deal volume was up 11 percent year-over-year and up 15 percent from the previous half-year period. With above $1 billion valuations also rising fast - 14 during the first half of 2018, compared with just five in 2H2017 and three during 1H2017 - records for the sector are already breaking. 

The top three acquirers over the past 30 months were: Wisetech Global, the Australian logistics software company (14 deals, including: Pierbridge Inc and SaaS Transportation); Vista Equity Partners (13 deals, including Allocate Software Plc and Gather Technologies) and Thoma Bravo (12 deals, including MeridianLink Inc and ABC Financial).

16th August 2018

Private equity capital calls shrink to lowest level on record

Private equity fund distributions have outweighed capital calls by a significant and striking degree over the past five years.

Data from eFront, the world’s leading alternative investment management software and solutions provider, shows that since the start of 2013, distributions from private equity funds have remained at historically high levels, while capital calls have fallen steadily to their lowest level on record, when measured as a proportion of committed capital. 

Download the full report, click here.

14th August 2018

Silicon Valley investors eye cheap British technology

In partnership with global law firm Penningtons Manches, Beauhurst recently produced a ground-breaking report on the investment dynamics between Britain and the investment firms of the United States. The results were fascinating, revealing that investment from the West Coast of the US into British tech has increased to record levels over the past eight years.

 

 

Indeed, since 2011 the numbers of deals backed by West Coast investors (which are dominated by Silicon Valley firms) has grown by 252%. In 2017, West Coast investors were involved in 74 deals with UK companies, totalling £1b in value and representing around 5% of all announced deal numbers into independent UK startups and scaleups that year. This is up from 59 deals in 2016, and 21 in 2011.

13th August 2018

Half of British savers are suffering from ‘investophobia’

A study released  by Scottish Friendly reveals that many British savers are suffering from a chronic case of ‘investophobia.’ The survey of 2,000 UK savers by one of the country’s largest financial mutuals reveals that many people remain reluctant to invest their money. This is despite a combination of inflation and rock bottom rates on cash accounts reducing the value of their savings in real terms.

3rd August 2018

Innovative finance ISAs take off after first ISA season

Innovative Finance ISAs (IF ISAs) have seen significant take-up in the first year of being widely available to customers, according to data published by the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association.

31st July 2018

Bickering in the Workplace – Ten Most Common Reasons for Office Arguments

Office workers have been warned to get along with their colleagues by avoiding the ten top reasons for workplace arguments.

30th July 2018

Beauhurst equity investment market update: H1 2018

Beauhurst presents its latest market update and analysis of all equity investment, which looks at every fundraising secured by the UK's high-growth businesses in the first half of 2018. 

27th July 2018

UKBAA research reveals investor attitudes to SME investment post-Brexit

The UK Business Angels Association has released exclusive new research into the role that UK investors want SMEs to play on the international stage post-Brexit.

25th July 2018

One third of new advisers in 2018 are re-hires

Re-hires make up nearly a third of all financial advisers who have this year joined deVere Group, one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations, it has been revealed.

New figures published by the firm show that 31 per cent of all its advisers taken on in 2018 across its global network of 70 offices have previously worked for the company.

23rd July 2018

Top 20 Reasons Why Startups Fail

CB Insights report Top 20 Reasons Why Startups Fail

From lack of product-market fit to disharmony on the team, CB Insights breaks down the top 20 reasons for startup failure by analyzing 101 startup failure post-mortems.

20th July 2018

CB Insights / PWC Venture Capital Funding Report Q2 2018

PwC and CB Insights' Q2 2018 MoneyTree report highlights the latest trends in venture capital funding globally.

19th July 2018

Revised UK Corporate Governance Code published

The FRC has published the revised UK Corporate Governance Code (the Code)

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