Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers & Acquisitions

Expert strategic M&A and financial advisory

Delivering certainty on strategic M&A and financial advisory services:

  • finnCap’s reputation and strategic advisory capabilities recognised by rare invitation to propose a secondee to Takeover Panel
  • Strong record of acting for bidders and targets alike
  • Experience of successful defences against bids for clients – knowledge of defence tactics used to help bidders
  • Many of our most successful mandates are successful because they do not become public
  • Transaction team draw from experience of 28 corporate finance professionals, sector research experts and the market leading access of the wider firm (including investor-facing teams)
  • Experience of working within cross-border advisory teams or alongside specialist advisory practices

Recent transactions

finnCap has advised bidders and targets on a range of UK and international M&A transactions, including:

  • Broker to offeree in £540m recommended acquisition of CityFibre Infrastructure by Antin and West Street Infrastructure Partners (Sector: Technology)
  • Complex hostile takeover of ASA Resource Group plc by Hailiaing Group, one of the largest privately-owned companies in China (Sector: Natural resources)
  • Financial adviser to Action Group Holdings on its acquisition of the minority interest in Action Hotels plc (Sector: Hotels/Leisure)
  • Joint financial adviser to NASDAQ-listed Ligand Pharmaceuticals, Inc. on its acquisition of Vernalis plc (Sector: Healthcare)
  • Rule 3 adviser to Artilium plc on its takeover by Pareteum Corp (Sector: Technology)
  • Reverse takeover of multiple funds to create Qannas Investments Limited (Sector: Investment funds)
  • Competitive hostile takeover of Northacre plc by ADCM, an Abu Dhabi based PE fund (Sector: Real estate)
  • Rule 3 adviser to red24 on its takeover by iJet International (Sector: Support services)
  • Financial advisor to offeree on sale and refinancing of Stanley Gibbons (Sector: Consumer)
  • Joint financial adviser to offeree Jelf on Marsh & McLennan’s £258m recommended offer (Sector: Financials)
  • Financial adviser on the restructuring of DX Group’s balance sheet including Rule 9 Whitewash (Sector: Support services)

Our technical expertise in UK public transactions was recognised by the secondment of Henrik Persson to the Takeover Panel for two years, regulating over 250 transactions governed by the Takeover Code, including takeovers, fundraisings and shareholder activism cases.

Cases of note include Liberty Global's £4 billion offer for Cable & Wireless Communications, ARRIS Group’s £1.4 billion offer for Pace plc, HarbourVest’s contested hostile £1 billion offer for SVG Capital plc which led to significant changes to the Takeover Code, and Wandle Holdings’ US$9.0 billion offer for Polyus Gold International.

Get in touch

Henrik Persson

Corporate Finance Director

T: 020 7220 0591