Due diligence: making sure there are no nasty surprises

Pre-deal checks should not only examine company accounts, but also programmes to comply with national and international regulation

How to value a business

By consensus there seems to be no exact science of business valuation, but there are strong pointers to follow

Europe’s powerhouse: UK middle market

The state of middle-market and private equity investment in the UK and Europe is on an upward swing, but stabilising, says Gary A. Labranche, Association for Corporate Growth president and chief executive

Startups are targets in technology acquisition sprees

Ambitious technology startups may be launched with the aim of being bought out by a larger rival, fuelling a tech acquisition spree

Future of private equity

Private equity is enjoying huge success at the moment, but investors need to look at the latest trends within this strong growth story, says Mark O’Hare, chief executive of Preqin, the alternative assets industry’s leading source of data and intelligence

Predator or prey? UK in world of M&A

As Bureau van Dijk prepares to launch a new Predator Index next year, in which inbound and outbound deal activity will be tracked, Lisa Wright, managing director, M&A products, examines the UK’s place in the world of mergers and acquisitions, and reviews recent deals and trends across the globe

Data rooms: room for improvement

Data rooms play an essential role in successful M&A deals, but their performance leaves much to be desired, argues Mark Edge, managing director of Brainloop UK, the secure enterprise information company

Standard data room index to speed up M&A deals

In the fast-changing transaction market, those who turn a blind eye to technology will miss the train of excellence