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The strange case of Wigan Athletic - What really happened and what does it mean for football?


On July 1st, Wigan Athletic, a historic English football club who were in the Premier League as recently as 2013 and who won the FA Cup the same year, announced that they had fallen into administration. In doing so, the Champion...continue reading

Going from minority stakeholder to owner


We look at Fairstone Financial Management’s ‘Downstream Buy-Out’ acquisition strategyIn recent months, BSR have reported on Fairstone Financial Management completing the acquisitions of several advisory businesse...continue reading

Mountain of unpaid SME invoices creating acquisition opportunities


With a huge number of businesses set to be impacted by this, from those with mounting piles of invoices they can’t pay, to those unable to collect payment on invoices owed, there is a likelihood of many companies being force...continue reading

City urges caution over tougher scrutiny of foreign takeovers


The UK government has introduced regulation enabling greater scrutiny of foreign takeovers of British companies, to ensure such deals do not hamper the country’s ability to tackle public health emergencies. The reforms to ...continue reading

Jon Moulton criticises Future Fund and tells Treasury to expect corporate bankruptcies


Jon Moulton, founder and managing partner of private equity firm Better Capital, has said that UK corporate bankruptcies could rise sharply in the next year in an appearance before the Treasury Select Committee. Moulton also used ...continue reading

Changes to UK insolvency law will give businesses flexibility


Introduced on 20 May 2020, the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill is a welcome development that will deliver a number of changes to UK company law, enabling companies undergoing a restructuring and rescue process to continue...continue reading

Over £2bn in Bounce Back loans approved in 24 hours, but some experience problems


Following the scheme’s launch on Monday, over 69,000 coronavirus Bounce Back loans, equating to over £2 billion, were approved by banks, according to Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak. The scheme, through whic...continue reading

UK M&A falls 99 per cent to near 35-year low as coronavirus bites


UK M&A has hit a near 35-year low as the coronavirus pandemic saw deal value fall 99 per cent from March to April. April saw 35 UK M&A deals, with total deal value of £409.1 million, the lowest value since September 1985. Th...continue reading

#Megxit – A business perspective on Harry and Meghan leaving the family firm


2020 may only just be a month old but it has already been dominated by enough royal headlines to take up a whole year, thanks almost entirely to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announcing their intention to renounce their royal tit...continue reading

How to capitalise on failing competitors


It can be tempting to revel in the struggles of one of your competitors, to think about scooping up their market share, taking their best employees, and confirming your status as the best in the business. But just because one of...continue reading

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