Weak pound and economic uncertainty: an opportunity for US investors?

With uncertainty over Brexit continuing to hit investor confidence and the “Pound on a rollercoaster” in the currency markets, there has been a noticeable slowdown in deal volume in the domestic M&A market whilst people wait for a resolution...

Private Equity investment in Pharma – why is the UK bucking the global trend?

In recent years we’ve become used to claims that the impasse of Brexit is drying up investment in UK life sciences. The argument also goes that global investment by pharmaceuticals in R&D – predicted to grow to $181 billion by 2022 – will instead flow to other countries. There is evidence that can support this theory but if you scrape below the surface and look at investment by private equity into life sciences the picture looks quite different. The figures actually suggest that...

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Joe Cormack 25th Sep, 2019 Insight
Brexit , Healthcare , Investment , pharma
5 min read

What investors should watch out for in big tech regulation

We have known for a while that the relatively lenient regulatory environment for big tech companies is coming to an end. While western governments have encouraged growth of these companies through a soft approach to taxation and user rights, they are now making moves to crack down on the skewed distribution of power between tech giants, their competitors and users. The issue is now overlaid by ongoing US-EU trade tensions as a result of US President Donald Trump’s threat of sanctions on...

How to take advantage of the rise in B Corps

Four years since the launch of B Corps in the UK and many of the UK’s for-profit organisations are yet to join this global movement, which commits B Corp certified companies meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. What is a B Corp? To date there are 2, 788 B Corps across 150 industries in over 60 countries, including 199 here in the UK. The community of B Corp holders...

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Viya Nsumbu 24th Jul, 2019 Insight
ESG , Investment , business
3 min read

The case for ESG due diligence

ESG: moving beyond due diligence as a red flag exercise Higher asset prices and more competitive bidding has driven an increase in the breadth and depth of due diligence, including ESG. ESG due diligence on B2C assets has increased as consumers and retailers have become more concerned about ESG issues, such as consumer protection, waste and recycling, and ethical sourcing. ESG due diligence on B2B assets has also increased as clients focus more on responsible...

Live to Rent: is luxury renting the new home ownership for millennials?

GK is delighted to announce the launch of their latest report on the luxury rental sector. You can read the full report here: Live To Rent. Housing is one topic that nobody can avoid. Whether considering where you might move next or complaining about high rental prices, we are conversing frequently about our homes – both on and offline. However, the traditional Anglo-Saxon home ownership model...

Bribery and Corruption : How Do They Relate to ESG?

The governance component of ESG (environmental, social and governance) is too often largely identified with the architecture of board oversight – from board composition and remit, to specific sustainability responsibilities. But UN Anti-Corruption Day reminds us that bribery and corruption is of one the biggest issues that lies within the scope of governance. The UN states that this is “one of the biggest impediments to achieving the  

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Martin Summers 12th Dec, 2018 Insight
ESG , Investment , Private Equity
2 min read