Sector focus

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.

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M&A trends & market analysis

During the Perth 2017 Globalscope conference, the network’s global Financial Services 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 increasing reliance on both digital payments and cryptocurrency around the world. More details can be obtained from team members or regional heads – see contact details below.


Notable recent transactions

Canaccord Genuity Acquires Hargreave Hale

Canadian wealth manager Canaccord Genuity has acquired UK-based wealth manager Hargreave Hale for circa £80m. The Hargreave Hale business will be merged with Canaccord’s existing UK wealth management business.

Canada’s CIBC Acquires $5bn PrivateBancorp

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce has completed the $5bn acquisition of Chicago-based PrivateBancorp. According to CIBC CEO Victor Dodig, the deal has been almost three years in the making.

Macquarie Acquires Green Investment Bank

Macquarie Group, along with support from Universities Superannuation Scheme, acquired the UK Government’s Green Investment Bank for £2.3bn. The Green Investment Bank provides banking and lending services to eco-friendly projects.

Lower-mid market observations

Largest Russian Institution Under Watch

Russia’s Central Bank announced the launch of a financial rehabilitation program for Otkritie Group, the country’s largest private financial institution. According to Russian monetary authority, Otkritie requires a significant capital increase and extensive measures to improve its financial health. As a result of the process, Russia’s Central Bank may take up to 75% equity position in the group.

Blockchain in Focus, but Uncertainty Lingers

Central banks and governments continue to voice their views on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, which has resulted in prices becoming even more volatile than usual. One example is the recent ban imposed by Chinese authorities on initial coin offerings in the country, which led to a dramatic drop in Bitcoin prices and put a question mark on the future of a Chinese blockchain-based economy.

Sector themes

Digital Payments Providers Under Pressure

Mounting consumer pressure for faster, seamless, cheaper and more secure digital payments will press companies to collaborate and move quickly in order to keep up. This will also fuel consolidation in the industry. The latest development is the global fund Hellman & Friedman, which is fronting an investor group, bidding to acquire the Nordic payment system provider NETS for $5.1bn. Hellman & Friedman wants to use the NETS platform for European consolidation of the payment service industry and subsequent expansion into e-commerce.

Banks Continue to Embrace Cloud & AI Tech

Banks are exploring opportunities for IT to increase their range of services and value proposition. In Russia, for example, these efforts are largely led by Sberbank which recently announced the launch of a cloud service for SME / e-commerce companies. There are plans, too, to develop a legal chat-bot and other initiatives in the high-tech area. M&A opportunities may arise for smaller IT companies that develop FinTech solutions that can be “plugged in” to larger corporates.

Investment Managers Turn to Robots

Some of the worlds oldest asset and wealth managers are turning to robots and artificial intelligence to increase profits. Some have moved to using algorithmic trading platforms, whilst others are removing the need for some back office staff, thus reducing costs and increasing productivity. 


The sector M&A landscape

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References

D+S

Software & Technology

2018

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IK Investment

Software & Technology

2018

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DTAD_DuMont

Internet & Media

2018

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EgoSecure

Internet & Media

2018

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Vertikom2

Services

2018

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Sabio

Software & Technology

2018

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iQuest

Software & Technology

2018

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Securepoint

Software & Technology

2018

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Active24

Internet & Media Software & Technology

2017

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IconPeak

Software & Technology

2017

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intive

Software & Technology

2017

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Genui

Software & Technology

2017

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Webfactory

Software & Technology

2017

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Auvesy

Software & Technology

2017

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H.I.G. Capital

Internet & Media Software & Technology

2017

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Koncar D&ST

Energy, Resources & Renewables

2017

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Marlin Talkwalker

Software & Technology

2017

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Talkwalker

Internet & Media

2017

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StarTec

Internet & Media Software & Technology

2017

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eFulfilment

Internet & Media Software & Technology

2017

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Blackbay

Internet & Media

2017

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Useeds°

Services

2016

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Midoco GmbH

Software & Technology

2016

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Bovenstein BV has sold LEDLampendirect and Rexx Trading.

Internet & Media

2016

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Lumo Graphics

Internet & Media Software & Technology

2016

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HomeAdvisor acquires MyHammer

Internet & Media Services

2016

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Medienwerft GmbH

Internet & Media Services Software & Technology

2016

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MHP Solution Group

Software & Technology

2016

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Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

Internet & Media Services Software & Technology

2016

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clever-tanken.de

Industrial & Automotive Internet & Media Software & Technology

2016

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GENEVA-ID

Software & Technology

2016

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Airpas Aviation

Services

2016

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Hy-Line

Internet & Media Services

2016

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Lydia AS

Internet & Media Services Software & Technology

2016

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Wassermann AG

Services Software & Technology

2016

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Kontomierz

Internet & Media Software & Technology

2015

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XING AG

Internet & Media Software & Technology

2015

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movento GmbH and movento Schweiz AG

Software & Technology

2015

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c4c Engineering GmbH

Industrial & Automotive Services Software & Technology

2015

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Fits.me

Internet & Media Software & Technology

2015

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Grünspar

Software & Technology

2015

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Booksy

Software & Technology

2015

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AZUBIYO

Internet & Media Software & Technology

2015

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adQuota

Internet & Media

2015

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INTENIUM GmbH

Internet & Media Software & Technology

2014

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ImmoSolve GmbH

Internet & Media Software & Technology

2014

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veeseo GmbH

Internet & Media

2014

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Travel Viva AG

Internet & Media

2014

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legodo AG

Software & Technology

2014

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finocom AG

Software & Technology

2013

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Bytro Labs

Internet & Media

2013

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Hydroflex Technologies GmbH (BUFO)

Industrial & Automotive

2004

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Fokus

Financial Services

Insurance

Real Estate


Sektor Kontakte

Mark Miller

Mark Miller

CatCap

E-Mail Kontakt
Michael Moritz

Michael Moritz

CatCap

E-Mail Kontakt
Jørgen Beuchert

Jørgen Beuchert

Dansk Merchant Capital A/S

Josh Park

Josh Park

Kaede Group

Ihre CatCap-Sektor Kontakte sind Mark Miller und Michael Moritz:

mark.miller@catcap.de

michael.moritz@catcap.de