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 Services sector team met to discuss recent transactions and the evolving underlying structural drivers of the global sector M&A landscape.
Key themes are acquirers undergoing unprecedented diversification, and how an understanding of the trends in digital disruption is critical to determining the best potential acquirers of services businesses. More details can be obtained from team members or regional heads – see contact details below.
Notable recent transactions
Gartner Acquires CEB
Information technology research and advisory company Gartner, Inc. has acquired US best practice and talent management company CEB for approximately $2.6bn.
GoGoVan and 58 Suyun Merge
The merger between GoGoVan and 58 Suyun has created the largest online intra-city logistics platform in Asia. The combined company is worth in excess of $1bn. 58 Suyun is the logistics business of online classifieds giant 58 Home.
General Electric Completes Penske Equity Sale
GE has sold its final 15.5% stake in Penske Truck Leasing to the former partners of the business for around $674m. Penske manages a fleet of around 250,000 trucks across America.
Lower-mid market observations
Small Firms Carving Out Strongholds
Whilst the consulting sector is still traditionally dominated by the large firms, inclusive of the Big 4, smaller challengers are gaining momentum by focusing solely on a niche and offering a highly specialised service.
Consolidation Across the Consulting Market
More mature, mid-size, companies are being snapped up by major players in a bid to provide a full suite of services. This is, in turn, making it difficult for mid-size players to compete in a market where scale benefits matter.
Freelance Employees Causing Disruption
Freelancers and network-based employees are disrupting traditional professional service subsectors by offering more tailored knowledge of buyers and providing a more ‘high-touch’ service.
Political Headwinds Subsiding
2016 was the year of political upsets. Trump is now well into his presidency, and whilst Brexit is still fraught with uncertainty, it is largely ‘business as usual’ for UK companies operating within the EU. Some believe, though, that Britain's EU extraction may take five or more years.
Robotics Shaping the Future of Logistics
UPS, DHL and FedEx are all experimenting with robotic loading and unloading of irregular parcels. Improved mapping technologies will allow robots to evaluate packets more accurately, as well as increasing efficient use of space in shipping containers and lorries.