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26th September 2019

Tech giants join the race to own vehicle of the future says Hampleton Partners’ report

The first half of 2019 has seen automotive technology deal-making news led by major tech giants challenging traditional OEMs for ‘ownership’ of the vehicles of the future, says Hampleton Partners’ latest report on Automotive Technology M&A.

Hampleton Partners, the international technology mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance advisors, noted that deal volumes were stable at just under 50 transactions. In addition, investments by Uber, Amazon and Tesla – plus on-going rumours of Apple’s development of an autonomous vehicle software system – garnered the headlines. Not only did they invest in core automotive technology; they also targeted the supporting industries which will allow autonomous and electric vehicle technology to go mainstream.

26th September 2019

Private vs. public: co-movements are stronger than you think says eFront report
The latest research from eFront, the leading financial software and solutions provider dedicated to Alternative Investments, shows that the evolution of multiples of US LBO funds and the movement of US stock indices are far more closely correlated than previously thought. 

25th September 2019

Retirement savers missing out on higher returns says new report

Savers in defined contribution pension schemes are missing out on higher returns due to a lack of investment in some of the UK’s fastest growing and most innovative companies reveals a new report.

Retirement savings for the average 22-year old could be increased by as much as 7-12 per cent if schemes made a small allocation to venture capital and growth equity funds. This is according to The Future of Defined Contribution Pensions, a new report published by the British Business Bank and global management consultancy, Oliver Wyman.

24th September 2019

Cyber-Defense, Software Updates & Outsourcing Spur $100bn in IT Services M&A, says Hampleton

Hampleton Partners’ latest global IT & Business Services M&A Market Report reveals that the sector’s total disclosed deal value reached a whopping $97 billion in 1H 2019 – the highest total on record for a six-month period.

Hampleton Partners, which specialises in international technology M&A and corporate finance, also noted a significant rise in valuations, with overall median disclosed deal amount reaching $43 million in 1H 2019, up from $23 million in 2H 2018.

23rd September 2019

Beauhurst Unicorns 2019: celebrating the UK's $1bn start ups

In a week that saw the announcement of CMR Surgical as the latest UK company to be valued at over $1b, there is hardly a more appropriate time to examine the state of the UK's unicorn herd. These companies, so named due to their coveted rarity (there are just 16 in the UK), are an exciting cohort to examine owing to the prospect of a multibillion dollar exit.

In this report, Beauhurst profiles the UK's billion dollar businesses, the fundraisings and investors that have supported them, and the founders leading them forward.

19th September 2019

Negative economic outlook amongst UK institutional investors, research shows

Negative sentiment towards the economic outlook for the UK over the next 18 to 24 months amongst the UK investment community has increased sharply from 49% in 2018 to 67% in 2019, according to the annual Investment 360 Index by CIL, the leading management consultancy. The Index is based on research amongst private equity investors, business management teams, corporate debt providers and business advisors in the UK and has been running for three years.

19th September 2019

Record number of lenders and borrowers involved in P2P lending

At the end of the second quarter of this year, more than 150,000 lenders were invested in 321,483 loans facilitated by Peer-to-Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) platforms – a record level of involvement in the sector. 

12th September 2019

HNW private investors increase exposure to alternative assets

High Net Worth private investors are increasing their exposure to alternative assets to achieve greater portfolio diversification in an uncertain economic climate, reveals research from Connection Capital, the specialist private client investment business.

6th September 2019

A nation of job hoppers: 3 in 10 office workers consider moving jobs in the next year

Three in 10 office workers (29%) are considering moving jobs in the next year, driven by the demand for a better work-life balance, higher remuneration and flexible working hours.

New research from specialised recruitment consultancy Robert Half UK1 reveals the desire to move jobs is being fuelled by the current war for talent, especially in technical areas such as software development and cyber security.

4th September 2019

European companies raise record levels of venture capital during first half of 2019

European companies raised a record-breaking €10.6bn of venture capital during the first six months of 2019 according to analysis by Refinitiv.

3rd September 2019

North East investors more attracted to tech startups than Londoners

Technology sectors in the UK are thriving and have thus brought about an increased level of awareness to the public consciousness. 

2nd September 2019

Businesses which seek external support are more likely to succeed

The majority of smaller businesses do not seek advice when applying for external finance to grow their business, despite the fact that having access to the right information can make the difference between success and failure, Piers Linney, the former Dragons’ Den investor, says.

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