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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Furlong Business Solutions Limited to Volaris Group

September 19, 2017

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of Furlong Business Solutions to Volaris Group. Furlong is a unique Management Information System provider in the UK, working with schools across the world. Whether you’re looking to improve access to data, consolidate many disparate systems or improve parental engagement, they can help. More than 285 schools […]

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Post-Brexit Benefits for Mergers and Acquisitions

September 14, 2017

Irrespective of the outcome and the eventual deal Britain strikes with the EU, there will be greater uncertainty for businesses in the near-term. So what and how will this affect the M&A sector? History shows us that turbulent times economically, politically and socially produce a short term drop in investment and a period of re-appraisal, […]

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The Five Most Common Seller Mistakes in M&A Deals

September 12, 2017

‘To err is human’, it’s said … but for sellers and buyers alike, the M&A process is surely not a good time to make mistakes. Here are the top five errors made by sellers in M&A deals according to Forbes magazine, and our take on each. 1.Not Anticipating the Time and Effort Involved The number […]

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What Do Major Mergers and Acquisitions Mean for Small Retailers?

August 23, 2017

It seems as though every other day, the headlines announce a new acquisition among major retailers. The giants in the industry are diversifying their products, sucking up more stock, and building mighty kingdoms that boutique and small business owners can’t even throw stones at. How can these smaller businesses possibly compete? First, take a look […]

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The Importance of Disclosure Schedules In Mergers & Acquisitions

August 18, 2017

Disclosure schedules are an integral part of any merger or acquisition (M&A) transaction. They contain information required by the acquisition agreement—typically a listing of important contracts, intellectual property, employee information, and other materials as well as exceptions or qualifications to the detailed representations and warranties of the selling company contained in the acquisition agreement. An […]

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Timing: A Critical Factor in M&A

August 09, 2017

Timing is, without doubt, one of the most critical factors in mergers and acquisitions; a recent report found that it is, in fact, the single most reliable predictor in terms of creating real shareholder value. But why is timing so crucial? Think Macro! Acquiring a company is a risk that’s ultimately taken based on the […]

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ROC Northwest Client Testimonial {Video}

August 07, 2017

ROC Northwest are a residential care, domiciliary care and educational care service provider for young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, learning, physical disabilities and complex needs with associated challenging behaviour and young people with SEBD. Community inclusion and participation enhance and enrich young people’s lives both educationally and socially. ROC offer exceptional, individual quality environments […]

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To Sell or Not to Sell: The Top Four Reasons Entrepreneurs Choose to Sell

August 04, 2017

Entrepreneurs, by nature, are people who spend a considerable amount of time looking for the next opportunity. And for them, ‘the next opportunity’ often includes a suitable time to sell their company. But what, practically, are the most common reasons for sale? 1. Business Value vs Liquidity Getting hold of liquidity in your company is […]

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Out of Africa: How the M&A Market is Evolving South of the Sahara

July 26, 2017

Benchmark International has recently opened a new office in Cape Town, South Africa (see 3rd July blog post), headed up by Andre Bresler and Dustin Graham. This is an exciting development for Benchmark International, in a dynamic evolving market. South Africa is a core strategic market for any global M&A team, as the country is […]

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July 19, 2017

Brian L. Davis recently joined Benchmark International as a Director on the Deal Origination Team, with a primary focus on Major Transactions across the United States. Mr. Davis will concentrate his efforts working with business owners and entrepreneurs to bring the breadth and experience of Benchmark International’s years of experience and unique ability to maximize […]

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Europcar Looks to Boost Low-Cost Presence With Goldcar Deal

July 17, 2017

French rental car company, Europcar has made its fourth acquisition of the year in the form of Europe’s largest low-cost car rental agency, Goldcar. Europcar announced in December that it was looking to spend up to €500 million on franchised companies, car sharing services or local rivals within the car rental sector in order to […]

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Hewlett Packard Sees Acquisitions As Integral to Growth

July 13, 2017

California-based Hewlett Packard Enterprise has been busy bolstering its portfolio to stay ahead in cloud computing, with even more acquisitions on the horizon. This year, the company revealed purchases worth more than $1.5 billion and is looking to boost demand for server and storage products in order to stay ahead of competitors, such as Dell […]

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Competition Watchdog Clears Path for Asset Management Mega Merger

July 10, 2017

Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has given the go-ahead for the £11 billion merger of Scotland-based asset management companies Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management. Stating that it had decided not to refer the merger to a second phase in-depth investigation, the CMA has made way for the formation of Europe’s second largest fund […]

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RPC Group’s Profits Soar Following Acquisitions

July 06, 2017

RPC, the international design and engineering company, has cited recent acquisitions in the last financial year as key factor in its profits more than doubling. Established in 1991, the UK-based specialist in polymer conversion in packaging and non-packaging markets has spent in excess of £1.3 billion on acquisitions since December 2015, which grew revenues by […]

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Benchmark International wins ‘International Mid-Market Corporate Finance Advisory of the Year’ for a third time

July 04, 2017

Benchmark International is proud to announce that it has, once again, been named ‘International Mid-Market Corporate Finance Adviser of the Year’ at the annual ACQ Global Awards. This is an especially proud moment for Benchmark International as it marks the third time that it has secured this prestigious award, having previously won in 2014 and […]

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Benchmark International Expands Into South Africa

July 03, 2017

A Manchester-based M&A specialist has expanded into South Africa with the opening of an office in Cape Town. Benchmark International already has a significant presence in both the UK and North America, with its original Manchester base having been joined by offices in Oxford, New York, Tampa, Austin and Nashville. Its Cape Town office will be […]

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Chemical Giants Set For $14 billion Merger

June 29, 2017

After years of approaches, US-based Huntsman Corp and Switzerland’s Clariant AG have announced that they will merge to create a chemicals manufacturer worth more than $14 billion. Last year, it was reported that talks had broken down between the two over a disagreement of who would play the lead role; however, a statement from Clariant […]

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Amazon.com to acquire Whole Foods Market Inc

June 27, 2017

Amazon has announced it will acquire upmarket grocer, Whole Foods Market Inc, for $13.7 billion in a deal that includes the company’s debt. Expected to close late 2017, the deal will not only be the largest in the online retailer’s history, but also a major step in expanding into bricks-and-mortar retail.   Founded in 1978 […]

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Linde and Praxair Merger to go Ahead

June 07, 2017

Last week it was announced that German chemicals giant Linde have signed a formal agreement for a €70bn deal with US industrial gases company Praxair, despite worker representatives opposing the merger. While industry analysts believe too much time has been invested for the deal not to be finalised, anxiety over job losses caused Linde to […]

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Microsoft Continues to Look to Israel for Cyber Safety

June 06, 2017

American computing giant Microsoft continues to expand its acquisitions of Israeli-based software companies, with a reported $100 million deal for cybersecurity start-up Hexadite. Founded in Tel Aviv and now based out of Boston MA, Hexadite deals in cyberattacks and mitigating damage to systems through machine learning, which helps its clients increase productivity and reduce costs. […]

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