Deutsche Bank begins talks over merger with rival Commerzbank

Union would form Europe’s second largest bank and a rival to HSBC Photograph: Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Images Deutsche Bank as been plagued by three years of losses, and its role as the biggest lender to the Trump business empire.  Deutsche Bank has begun tentative merger talks with rival Commerzbank, which would create Europe’s second biggest bank behind HSBC and fend off unwanted potential bidders such as French giant BNP Paribas. Reports in ... read more

Private Equity – Acquisition Criteria Metrics

Private Equity Info blog, Andy Jones, March 08, 2019 We have previously reported that private equity, as an industry, is moving down market, increasingly investing in smaller deals. The question is, what company size ranges attract PE firms? In other words, how small, how big and are there any sweet spots in terms of preferred portfolio company size for new platform acquisitions? The Data Compiling data from Private Equity Info, the ... read more

Cognizant Acquires Meritsoft, an Award-Winning Fintech Innovator in Post-Trade Processing

Cognizant today announced it has acquired Meritsoft, a privately-held financial software company based in Dublin, Ireland. Meritsoft is best known for its FINBOS platform for post-trade processing, an intelligent automation solution for managing taxes, fees, commissions, and cash flow functions between financial institutions. Meritsoft’s products are currently used by five of the world’s eight leading investment banks. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Cognizant and Meritsoft have a ... read more

Phyre App – Better than a wallet!

Great to see our client Phyre launch its payments app on iOS! Super slick payments and loyalty cards all in one place, on one great app. Download the iOS version now >>   read more

Speciality Materials – M&A Review and Valuation

M&A activity in the speciality materials industry has surged over the last several years. Increasing M&A activity by trade acquirers and financial sponsors has created a very favourable environment for sellers across the speciality materials sector. Additionally, carbon composite M&A continues to grow with 5 strong quarters in 2017 and 2018, due to some highly significant industry deals, robust growth rates, substantial value propositions and sustainable margins remained attractive incentives ... read more

Tech be nimble, Tech be quick, Tech don’t forget the legal bit.

Monica Shupikai Simmons, Investment Director at ICON speaks with Boyes Turner LLP about some of the FAQs tech firms have about raising capital. Read ICON's response here>> Read full publication here>>   read more

Ideagen Acquires Morgan Kai Group Ltd

Ideagen plc, the UK-based, global software firm, today announced the acquisition of Morgan Kai Group Ltd, a leading Audit Management software provider to both public and private sector organisations. With operations in Leeds, Yorkshire, and Chicago, Illinois, Morgan Kai Group Ltd currently generates £5.3m in revenue with £3.2m recurring. The organisation adds more than 370 clients including the UK National Audit, the Federal Reserve, Investec, the New York Stock Exchange, ... read more

ICON’s Alan Bristow named Most Influential CEO 2018

We are delighted to announce that Alan Bristow, Founder & CEO at ICON Corporate Finance has been given the title of Most Influential CEO of the Year 2018 - M&A and Technology. The Corporate Excellence awards are hand picked by Corporate Vision magazine based purely on comprehensive analysis of both qualitative and quantitative research undertaken by the wider group so that only the best receive one of our prestigious accolades from across the UK’s vibrant and ... read more