We drive international corporate finance transactions

Published by Jack Clipsham on 27 January 2020

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The corporate finance market is increasingly driven by businesses and investors with global interests. It needs advisers with a worldwide footprint together with deep local knowledge that understands the needs of businesses and investors. That is why Kreston Reeves is spearheading the Kreston Corporate Finance Special Interest Group.

The Kreston Corporate Finance Special Interest Group was established in 2019 to bring together experienced corporate finance specialists from Kreston member firms across the globe. Kreston has over 200 member firms in over 125 countries. The corporate finance group today has approximately 100 members and is actively being developed reflecting growing demand for global corporate finance support.

The Corporate Finance group’s members help businesses to fulfil their strategic objectives, whether investing overseas, making acquisitions, completing business sales, or raising funds in domestic and international markets. Its members are all well-connected in their local markets, working alongside investors, funders and other corporate finance professionals.

The Group has developed its own online portal to confidentially share information, knowledge and opportunities with members, and this is already delivering results for clients of Kreston Reeves and the wider Kreston network.

The launch of the Group is well timed, coinciding with increasing confidence in world markets and cash-rich investors looking to invest. In the UK, and irrespective of individual opinions of Brexit, markets have responded well to the December general election result that is likely to break the political deadlock of the past three years.

Of course, Brexit is far from over, but as the new Government makes moves to agree various trade deals we expect corporate finance activity levels to gather pace.  We are already seeing growing interest from global funds in UK businesses following a period of reluctance to close deals.  The certainty that businesses crave looks to be returning.

And it is not just the UK where interest is growing.

Chinese investors remain active despite restrictions imposed last year on China outbound investment, particularly where investment sees some return to the Chinese state in terms of IP or knowledge transfer.

India is seeing significant inbound investment not only from China, but several other countries including the US and UK.

US private equity houses are increasingly looking for transactions outside of domestic markets where they have struggled to find the right deals at the right price. Kreston Corporate Finance Special Interest Group members report strong US interest in Australian markets amongst others.

And we fully expect pan-European activity to once again pick up, as businesses look to make strategic acquisitions to, amongst other reasons, hedge against the possible introduction of tariffs on goods and services.

The services and support Kreston Reeves and the Kreston Corporate Finance Special Interest Group members offer include:

  • Strategic Development
  • M&A
  • Debt and Equity Fund Raising
  • Refinancing
  • Business Plans
  • Financial Projections
  • Corporate Valuations
  • Pre and Post Due Diligence
  • IPOs and Listings

For further information and support on domestic and international corporate finance transactions contact Corporate Finance Partner Jack Clipsham on +44 20 7382 1820 or via email.

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