Business Services Sector Comment – August 2015

The print industry has undergone a huge transformation over the last decade. Technology has changed the channels to market and forced industry participants to move away from traditional print-based businesses. Whether these market participants have morphed to become diversified

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Healthcare Sector Comment – August 2015

The long-term care (LTC) products market is currently attracting attention. Drive Medical – the UK-based subsidiary of Medical Depot Inc., a manufacturer of durable medical equipment backed by private equity firm Ferrer Freeman & Company – made its fourth acquisition in 18

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Consumer Sector Comment – August 2015

Last summer, in our Beauty Clearthought publication, we commented on high levels of activity in the beauty sector. Strong appetite from leading global trade buyers, both for large scale and smaller bolt-on acquisitions, has been much in evidence. Well-known

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Healthcare Sector Comment – July 2015

With the completion of the mega merger between Actavis and Allergan taking place just three months ago, standing at a massive €55.2bn, Actavis has now also finalised its previously announced acquisition of Auden McKenzie. The pharmaceutical conglomerate picked up

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Consumer Sector Comment – July 2015

Consumer confidence remains at high levels across many key markets, despite some economic uncertainty around the Greek situation and the falling stock market in China. According to GfK, German consumers – for example – have been feeling more optimistic

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Healthcare Sector Comment – June 2015

One trend that Clearwater International has been tracking for a while is consolidation within the medical device contract manufacturing market. It is predicted that this market will reach a massive €45.5bn by the end of 2015, with strong growth

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Business Services Sector Comment – June 2015

This month saw leading testing, inspection and certification (TIC) company SGS SA complete its 42nd acquisition in the last three years. Swiss-based SGS SA has pursued an aggressive global investment strategy since the end of 2010. The strategy has centred on

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Consumer Sector Comment – June 2015

The gyms space is an area which has been particularly active over the past 12 months, with signs of both increasing cross-border and domestic consolidation. In late 2014, low cost German operator McFIT Fitness acquired Italy-based Happy Fit as

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Business Services Sector Comment – May 2015

This month saw the announcement that leading construction, services and property group Kier will acquire Mouchel in a €368m all cash deal. The deal is further evidence that M&A in the construction sector has moved away from distressed deals

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