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Travel Department managing director Sara Zimmerman and the rest of the executive team is to stay on following the deal

MML Capital Partners Ireland (MML), an Enterprise Ireland-backed fund, has invested up to €12 million for a controlling stake in tour operator Travel (...)

Former chief executive of the National Consumer Agency Ann Fitzgerald will join other independent appointees hearing consumers’ appeals on the tracker mortgage scandal. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

As the tracker mortgage redress and compensation programme gathers pace, banks have set up appeals panels to deal with the potentially thousands of cu(...)

Intel bought Israeli autonomous vehicle technology firm Mobileye in a deal worth $15.3 billion. Photograph: AFP Photo / Kimihiro Hoshinokimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images
The key sectors

In what was another very strong year for Irish mergers and acquisition activity, there was little change in the sectoral profile, with healthcare, foo(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Bank of China chairman Tian Guoli at the opening of the bank’s Dublin branch in June 2017. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

China has become an increasingly important global investor in recent years. Chinese companies, usually part state-owned, spent €163 billion on foreign(...)

“Public equity markets are a key consideration which influence valuation and provide confidence for companies to sell. High stock market valuations also create pressure for listed companies to make acquisitions,” says Nicholas O’Gorman of Davy Corporate Finance. Photograph: iStock
A buoyant year for M&A deals

Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States created a period of much uncertainty for businesses in the second h(...)

“Every deal should be a surprise when it is announced,” says Davy corporate finance director Nicholas O’Gorman. Photograph: iStock
A year of few surprises

Some years bring major M&A surprises. The ill-fated Daimler-Chrysler merger, for example, or the time that Bill Gates rode to the rescue of an ail(...)

As familiarity with private equity grows here, more internationally flavoured deals are likely to follow. Photograph: iStock

A feature of M&A activity in Ireland right now is its international flavour. “We have seen an increasing number of cross-border transactions, muc(...)

Successful deal-structuring and skilful negotiations are key to completion of a management buy-out. Photograph: iStock

There are many critical factors that must be considered when managing mergers and acquisitions (M&As) and management buy-outs (MBOs), including su(...)

The fact that valuations are high and funding availability is good has brought forward a number of sales and management buy-outs, often from business owners that have held off as a result of the recession,” says Katharine Byrne of BDO. Photograph: iStock

Funding “We currently have as favourable an environment as I’ve ever seen from a funding point of view, from banks, specialist debt funds and the pri(...)

If you are selling a business, a now-vital part of grooming the business for sale is putting good IT and information security systems in place. Photograph: iStock

If a merger or acquisition is to prove a success, IT and information management systems are a crucial part of the due-diligence process. Unfortunately(...)

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