BioFIT 2018

04 December 2018 - 09:00 am UTC

For its seventh edition, which will be taking place on December 4th and 5th 2018, in Lille (France), BioFIT will be welcoming more than 1,200 participants from 35+ countries, over 80 international speakers and hosting even more events than in previous years, widening the scope of the topics discussed.

The BioFIT partnering tool, the aim of which is to pre-organise one-to-one meetings with the participants will also for the first time be giving attendees the opportunity to find potential bioentrepreneurs with backgrounds & expertise that are particularly hard to find in this industry. Such exciting new opportunities are sure to appeal to this year’s participants!

Monthly M&A Insider - November 2018

27 November 2018

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Dealmaking continued its swift pace in October, especially in North America, despite a backdrop of political and trade disruption worldwide and volatility in commodity markets. M&A value globally reached US$3.05trn through the first 10 months of 2018, putting it on track to exceed the total of each of the last two years. Among sectors, Technology held the top position for deal value in October with US$57.4bn, followed by Energy, Mining & Utilities at US$54.5bn.

Key findings include:

  • Deals worth US$3.05trn were announced through October of this year, compared to US$3.15trn announced in all of 2017.
  • Four of the top 10 deals for October involved a target in the Energy, Mining & Utilities sector.
  • PE buyout value decreased 30% in October to US$25bn, continuing a trend of declining PE deal value also seen in Q3.

Weathering the storm: Italian M&A in 2017-H1 2018

21 November 2018

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Deal volume for Italian M&A in H1 2018 builds on record highs
Mergermarket is pleased to present Weathering the storm: Italian M&A in 2017-H1 2018, published in association with Gatti Pavesi Bianchi. This report offers valuable insights into the M&A market in Italy and the outlook for dealmakers in the coming months.
Highlights from the report include:
  • Volume and value levels this year look set to match 2017, with 286 deals worth €23.8b taking place in H1 2018.
  • M&A activity is flourishing in the region despite political and economic uncertainties, with concerns around the direction of the current government, high levels of public debt and the vulnerability of the banking sector posing potential challenges to dealmakers.  
  • MA& activity has shifted notably across sectors in terms of deal value over the past four years. with high levels of value seen across the consumer and financial services sectors during 2016/2017 and across industrials and TMT during 2014/2015. Meanwhile, the industrials and consumer sectors led the way in terms of volume over the past four years.
  • Foreign investment has driven Italian M&A in recent months, with overseas dealmakers being drawn to the country’s reputation for world-class products. However, domestic activity has also been significant, accounting for 54% of total deal volume in 2017 and 59% of total deal volume in the first half of 2018.

Investment Conference

20 November 2018 - 05:30 pm UTC

Investment Conference
Equity funding is an important element in supporting the growth of ambitious businesses. The Investment Conference organised by The Business Funding Show on Nov 13th in London provided entrepreneurs the tools to understand when to consider funding during their life cycle.

Before starting to search for funding is key to understand how much the business needs and how the funds will be used. It is also important to identify the stage the business is at in its growth cycle as this will impact the type of funding it can access. Equity financing can support a range of SMEs from start-up through to later-stage finance.

During the conference crowdfunding platforms explained how to gain traction and early customers and how crowdfunding can bring marketing opportunities.

Business angels, that are the country's largest source of investment for start-ups and early-stage businesses, discussed the right way to approach potential negotiations and to compromise between the capital and relevant expertise of an angel.
Finally, venture capital funding was debated as one of the most challenging of all equity funding options to obtain. The panellists explained how it is important to make the right pitch deck to stand out from the crowd.

Start-up and early stage businesses venture capital can help fund early growth including R&D, product development and testing or commercial trials. Once businesses has achieved profitability and cash generation, private equity firms can help drive further expansion.


Missed this event? Why not fulfil your funding wishes this Xmas and join BFS at their Christmas Networking Soiree with Funders (happening on Dec 11th at WeWork Paddington) where you can meet top investors and lenders and chat your way to business growth!
Alternatively, check out their annual flagship show BFS '19 (happening on Feb 21st at East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf) – the only funding exhibition in the UK & EU – for your one-stop-shop to alternative business funding, no matter your stage or sector.


Joining forces: How to integrate start-ups into large corporates

14 November 2018

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Acquiring a start-up is becoming a popular way for large corporations to modernize internal practices, bring in technology and connect with younger customers. Integrating a start-up into a large conglomerate, however, needs to be done with care to deliver results. Corporate history is littered with examples of large corporates acquiring fast-growing start-ups, only to see them struggle post-acquisition because of misunderstandings, unrealistic expectations and cultural incompatibility.

To understand how large companies can effectively integrate fast-growing but culturally different start-ups, Mergermarket on behalf of Toppan Vintage spoke with three experts.

Points of discussion include:

• What are the most common points of tension between a large company and a start-up after acquisition?

• What are the biggest risks faced by both start-ups and large corporates when undertaking such transactions?

• Beyond technology, what other sectors might see start-up acquisitions in the near future?

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Dealmakers: Australian mid-market M&A Q3 2018 update

13 November 2018

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Mergermarket is pleased to present Dealmakers: Australian mid-market M&A Q3 2018 update, published in association with Pitcher Partners.
Australian M&A for Q1-Q3 2018 increased 12% by deal volume and 74% by deal value compared to the same period in 2017, with deal values magnified by several megadeals (17 of which were each valued above the AU$1bn mark). The country’s mid-market helped buttress those figures, accounting for 72% of total deals and setting the stage for a promising finish to the year for Australian M&A dealmaking in 2018.

This special infographic newsletter looks at the following trends and considerations as 2018 unfolds:
  • Mid-market M&A trends since 2016
  • Analysis of buyer geographies and increasing deal flow from North American dealmakers
  • Private equity and venture capital transactions and their contribution to the market
  • Sector updates: Increasing and decreasing deal activity in hot industries

Transformation in the global insurance market

31 October 2018

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Mergermarket is pleased to present Transformation in the global insurance market, published in association with Willis Towers Watson. This report examines the key factors driving global insurance M&A in 2018, as well as the challenges facing dealmakers.   

Highlights from the report include:
  • Deal value for global insurance was up €37bn in H1 2018, with 14 deals worth over €500m driving value to its highest first-half total since the financial crisis.
  • There was a downturn in deal volume this year, with just 84 deals announced in total for the first half of the year.
  • As companies divested unwanted parts of their business in order to return to a core strategy approach, valuable assets have been appearing on the market and driving acquisitions from private equity investors. 
  • The insurance sector has been slow to engage with new technology in comparison to others, and it will become more important for dealmakers to engage with insurtech in the future if they are not to fall behind the digital curve.  


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