We have a high level of expertise and a robust network in our focus sectors. We understand our clients’ needs and goals from our own experience as M&A managers at large corporations which do regular M&A deals and entrepreneurs with personal exit experience.
We form international sector teams to work on cross-border transactions and regularly discuss market and M&A trends in meetings and teleconferences. On this page we have provided you with an overview of our management, issues and transactions in our focus sectors.
M&A trends & market analysis
During the Perth 2017 Globalscope conference, the network’s global Consumer sector team met to discuss recent transactions and the evolving underlying structural drivers of the global sector M&A landscape.
A key theme is the growth of social media and its increasing influence over consumer spending habits. More details can be obtained from team members or regional heads – see contact details below.
Notable recent transactions
Amazon Gobbles up Whole Foods
Amazon.com Inc. will acquire Whole Foods Market Inc. for $13.7bn, creating a launchpad for the e-commerce company’s grocery sales. This acquisition follows Amazon’s tie-up with UK supermarket chain Morrison's in late 2016.
Sycamore Partners Acquires Staples
The private equity firm has put together a $6.9bn turnaround plan that includes reducing the retail footprint of the office supplies company.
LVMH Takes Full Control of Christian Dior
French billionaire and LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault moved to consolidate control over Christian Dior for approximately $14.1bn.
Lower-mid market observations
Polarised Consumer Spending
Customers within the food and beverage sector have tended to favour the extremities of the market, as trends such as affordable indulgence and healthier eating have grown alongside staples sold in budget supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl.
Overseas Buyers Enticed by Devalued Pound
The devaluation of sterling meant UK assets were exceptionally good value and international buyers seized the opportunity to invest.
Online Shopping’s Continued Rise in Importance
The volume of products bought online continues to grow at an exceptional rate, with particular focus on purchases from mobile devices. The increased necessity for sufficient cybersecurity has added another layer of sophistication to the platforms.
“Midorexia” and its Associated Spend
The stock coined phrase ‘mid-life crisis’ has a subdivision for those customers who are acting, and therefore spending, younger than their years might suggest. The phenomenon can be witnessed in the fashion industry, as well as fitness related tech and apparel.
From holidays to hoodies, consumers continue to search for (seemingly) entirely tailorable products. Offering a wide range of services should help retailers build a stronger emotional attachment to their customers. It is now expected that all services possess some element of adaptability.