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

Post-COVID M&A: Which sectors will be the first to bounce back?


What happened next was dramatic, as UK M&A deal value fell 99 per cent from March to April. The month saw 35 deals with a total value of £409.1 million, the lowest total since September 1985. In May, a survey of M&A professi...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

Government introduces Corporate Governance and Insolvency Bill 2020


The government has this week brought in to action the Corporate Governance and Insolvency Bill 2020, which sees the introduction of new corporate restructuring tools for insolvency and restructuring process, giving companies the m...continue reading

This may be the perfect time to buy into the hotel sector


Of course, the situation at the moment for hotel operators is purely one of making it through the crisis. As Shaun Roy of research firm Knight Frank says: “We are currently in an enforced lock down, where the focus for the h...continue reading

Financing options for distressed companies


As in any type of business distress, one of your first actions should be to speak to a specialist, providing you with an independent, objective view of your issues. An independent specialist can also help you with priceless advice...continue reading

COVID-19 could see two-fifths of UK SMEs close permanently, survey finds


A new survey from business insurance firm Simply Business has found that COVID-19 could see two-fifths of UK small- and medium-sized businesses close permanently and could cost the UK SME sector as a whole more than £69 bill...continue reading

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