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Exclusive research reveals mass shareholder frustration post-Brexit

Nearly two million UK shareholders clueless on the value of their shares, ignored by the companies they back and trapped by lack of equity releaseNo transparency, no communication – mass frustration as UK shareholders let down by poor investor relationsAsset Match has surveyed 2,000 UK adults, revealing the widespread feelings of discontent being...

​Nearly half of UK investors POSITIVE about Brexit, two fifths fearful of Trump and a staggering 73% lack faith in Theresa May Seven million investors believe UK entrepreneurs will drive the economy back to strength

New research among 1,000 UK investors by IW Capital uncovers the true impact of 2016’s triple threat of political shocks and their direct effect on the UK investor community, finding: 2.21 million investors are entering 2017 with a greater risk appetite, thus seeking new investment classesOne in ten investors feel the shock political events of 2016...

​Pocket App develops new sales solution app for Jewson

Pocket App, the UK’s largest independent app developer, is delighted to announce the launch of a new sales tool application designed for Jewson, the UK’s leading supplier of sustainable timber and building materials.Already live and in use, the new mobile app will transform the service provided by Jewson’s sales teams across the UK. For both trade...

​Majority of UK accountants plan to leave their job

The latest data from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and recruitment specialist, Global Accounting Network, has found that 61% of UK-based qualified accountants plan on changing jobs in the next two years.By comparison, 35% of Ireland-based accountants plan of switching jobs during the same period.The survey, which collected...

M&A market in Central-Eastern Europe boasts its highest value since 2013 as well as attractive assets for 2017

UK and Asian investors increasingly active in the CEE regionAccording to the “Emerging Europe M&A report 2016/2017” published by CMSin cooperation with EMIS, M&A deals in Central-Eastern Europe peaked in value in 2016 at €86.7bn. This represents a 62% increase compared to 2015, and the highest result since 2013. With 1,985 transactions, the...

Finance

LRI group appoints new business development head

LRI group appointed Manuela Froehlich, who will the company’s business development and sales activities. As global head of business development she will play a key role in growing the firms 3rd party business, by acquiring… ...Read More

“Dollar rise will not prevent EM from performing” says Gemway’s Vanier

InvestmentEurope has canvassed views of fund managers and selectors on emerging markets investment in light of the policies emerging from the Trump administration. Bruno Vanier is the lead portfolio manager of the GemEquity fund at… ...Read More

Bank am Bellevue plans restructuring, CEO departs

Swiss group Bellevue has announced Bank am Bellevue’s Serge Monnerat has resigned of his position of chief executive officer. André Rüegg, Group CEO, will assume the role of CEO of Bank am Bellevue on an… ...Read More

LRI group appoints Manuela Froehlich as business development head

LRI group appointed Manuela Froehlich, who will the company’s business development and sales activities. As global head of business development she will play a key role in growing the firms 3rd party business, by acquiring… ...Read More

Tocqueville Finance names new CEO

French boutique Tocqueville Finance, part of La Banque Postale Asset Management (LBPAM), has appointed Mirela Agache-Durand as new chief executive officer. Suceeding Hervé Guiriec, Agache-Durand will retain her position of deputy head of Asset Management at… ...Read More

Legal

A Legal Perspective on the Government’s Brexit White Paper

Following pressure from sections of Parliament and the public, Theresa May’s government has published a 77-page white paper document to set out a strategy for leaving the EU. But what does it add to what we already know? Stephen Chater, a solicitor at Postlethwate Solicitors, member firm of the UK200Group, explains.The UK200Group is the UK’s leading...

​32% law firms see private equity as a principal source of external funding

With growing competition from niche firms, law practices are actively seeking targeted acquisitions to scale-up in chosen disciplines.  32% see private equity as a principal source of external funding. Niche law firms seen as greatest source of competition. 59% of firms report a rise in competitive pressure. There is a sharp increase...

​Shoosmiths continues South East expansion with partner hires

National law firm Shoosmiths has further strengthened its corporate team with the appointment of two new partners into the South East offices.Amit Nayyar joins Shoosmiths from Hogan Lovells where he was a leading corporate partner. Previous to this, Amit has held positions at White & Case and Pinsent Masons. Based out of Shoosmiths’ Milton Keynes...

Proskauer, Loeb & Loeb, Cooley Bring NHL to Las Vegas

Ice hockey in the desert might have somewhat of a checkered history in the National Hockey League, but three Am Law 200 firms are advising on a $500 million deal announced late Wednesday to bring a professional hockey franchise to Sin City. Read More

​Law firm AKD to open office in Luxembourg

Leading Benelux law firm AKD has announced its intention to open an office in Luxembourg to meet growing demand for integrated, international legal services in stable jurisdictions. AKD’s new office in Luxembourg will expand its corporate, tax, banking and finance, and investment funds practices. This step is part of AKD’s international growth strategy...

Deals

H.I.G. Capital Acquires Assets of Xtera Communications

H.I.G. Capital (“H.I.G.”), a leading global private equity investment firm with over €20 billion of equity capital under management, announced today that it has acquired substantially all the assets of Xtera Communications, Inc (“Xtera”), a provider of innovative and bespoke sub-sea fiber optic solutions. H.I.G. previously provided debtor-in-possession...

Partnership between Izicap and Yello gives power to retailers wanting to improve customer experience

The first of its kind, smart point of sale (SPOS) company Yello has today partnered with cloud-based rewards, loyalty and marketing platform, Izicap. The partnership means retailers can gain the benefits of all-in-one YelloPad with the added functionality of Izicap’s proven marketing and loyalty solution. Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Yello, Mike Ausems,...

​RiskIQ deepens digital threat mitigation capabilities with acquisition of Maccabim

Increase in Brand Abuse, Malvertising, Spearsphishing, Spoofing Requires More Automated Digital Threat Triage, Legal Coordination and ResponseRiskIQ, the leader in digital threat management, today announced that the company has completed the acquisition of brand threat project management company Maccabim.com Ltd and has appointed Jonathan Matkowsky,...

M&A market in Central-Eastern Europe boasts its highest value since 2013

UK and Asian investors increasingly active in the CEE regionAccording to the “Emerging Europe M&A report 2016/2017” published by CMSin cooperation with EMIS, M&A deals in Central-Eastern Europe peaked in value in 2016 at €86.7bn. This represents a 62% increase compared to 2015, and the highest result since 2013. With 1,985 transactions, the...

​H.I.G. Capital invests in Spanish tourist apartments complex

H.I.G. Capital, LLC ("H.I.G."), a leading global private equity and alternative asset investment firm with €20 billion of equity capital under management, announced that one of its affiliates has completed an investment in a real estate asset consisting of the apartment complex Valle Romano located in Estepona, Málaga. Financial terms were not disclosed.Valle...

Acq Lite

Pop-Tarts pop-up in Times Square features sugar-packed pizza, tacos

Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Kellogg's Pop-Tarts are getting into the pop-up business with a temporary Times Square eatery dedicated to Pop-Tarts-style pizza, tacos, and other creations.The Pop-Tarts Cafe, opening in the same location where Kellogg's previously hosted a breakfast cereal pop-up restaurant, features Pop-Tarts reassembled as sugary tributes to pizza,...

'Celebrity' sea lion jumps on moving boat to beg for fish

Feb. 21 (UPI) -- A "celebrity" sea lion in Mexico was filmed jumping on the back of a boat to eat some fish offered by passengers.The video shows a sea lion known to locals as Pancho jumping up on the back of a moving boat Feb. 11 in Cabo San Lucas to beg for fish.The filmer said Pancho has become a bit of a "celebrity" thanks to his habit of jumping...

Canadian police issue ticket for wearing ferret while driving

Feb. 21 (UPI) -- A ferret netted its owner a driving ticket after the driver was pulled over during a 24-hour traffic stop in Canada.The ticket was one of 2,442 citations handed out by Edmonton police during its "big ticket event," when police cited the driver for distracted driving for wearing the ferret around his or her neck.Officers also issued...

Huge swarm of raccoons descends on snack-holding girl

Feb. 21 (UPI) -- A girl enjoying a snack on Mexico's Gulf coast attracted the attention of some unusual beggars -- a group of more than two dozen raccoons.The video shows a girl standing near the water in Tampico in Tamaulipas state and holding a small bag of food, which attracts attention from nearby raccoons.The girl tosses some of the food to the...

State rep introduces bill to stop Texans from using Chilean flag emoji

Feb. 21 (UPI) -- A Texas lawmaker hopes to pass legislation to discourage people from using the Chilean flag emoji to represent the Texas flag.Republican State Representative Tom Oliverson authored House Concurrent Resolution 75 "urging Texans not to use the flag emoji of the Republic of Chile when referring to the Texas flag.""All too often, the Chilean...