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February 2015

Global power and utilities deal activity reaches five-year high in 2014
London, 24 February 2015
TGlobal power and utility (P&U) deal value and volume reached four- and five-year highs, respectively, in 2014, according to EY’s quarterly Power Transactions and Trends report released today.

Miners preparing for a switch to longer-term value creation
London, 23 February 2015
Current market conditions are putting mining companies in a quandary – investing for the next stage of growth is potentially unpopular with investors but it could prove to be a masterstroke if they want to fully capture the next uplift in the cycle, says Lee Downham, EY Global Mining & Metals Transactions Leader.

European alternative finance market could top €7b in 2015
Cambridge and London, 23 February 2015
The European online alternative finance market grew by 144% last year to nearly €3b and could top €7b in 2015, according to the first comprehensive pan-European benchmarking of alternative finance produced by the new Centre for Alternative Finance at University of Cambridge Judge Business School and professional services organization EY.

Deal-makers move up the corporate hierarchy with M&A firmly re-established as a route to growth
London, 16 February 2015
In the context of a sustained recovery in the global M&A market, corporate dealmakers are now taking on more prominent and strategic roles within their organizations, according to our Global corporate development study.

Emerging markets show increasing promise for digital earnings potential with China ranked highest among all emerging countries
Los Angeles, 10 February, 2015
While the United States has the highest digital earnings potential of any country, emerging markets are rapidly growing, according to a recent study conducted by EY to show which countries offer media and entertainment companies the greatest opportunities for earnings from digital media.

Miners leaving cash in the ground with poor working capital
Sydney, 9 February 2015
A new EY report shows that mining companies are missing out on “easy money” because of poor working capital management.

Many governments are legislating now rather than awaiting final OECD BEPS recommendations
London, 5 February 2015
Many countries are pressing ahead and legislating now, rather than waiting for final recommendations from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development on its Base Erosion and Profit Shifting1 Project according to our latest report, The outlook for global tax policy in 2015.

Venture capital activity at 13-year high
London, 5 February 2015
Funding was back to levels not seen since 2000, median deal sizes were higher across all development stages and there were also more mega-investments of over US$50m than at any point since 2000, according to data our recent VC report.

Growth in omni-channel risks diluting consumer products and retail sector profit
London, 3 February 2015
Omni-channel is fast becoming the key driver for consumer products and retail sector growth, but few can make it profitable using the traditional supply chain.

IFRS improves cross-border financial communication – consistency is key
London, 2 February 2015
With debate around the rationale for global accounting standards continuing throughout 2014, there is still concern expressed about the use of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), with some policymakers around the world preferring a less committal form of global accounting standards in which there is more room for countries to set their own standards.

Oil and gas M&A to remain resilient despite 2014 downturn
London, 2 February 2015
Global oil and gas deal value increased by 69% in 2014 while deal volume continued its decline amidst rising volatility, according to EY’s Global oil and gas transactions review 2014. Commodity price uncertainty will continue to influence transaction decisions in the year ahead as companies seek financial resilience.

CFOs under investor pressure globally to provide better information
London, 2 February 2015
CFOs, operating globally across multiple markets, say it is increasingly harder to satisfy investor demands for information alongside increasing regulatory requirements.

Integration planning helps drive value in financial services M&A
London, 2 February 2015
Financial services organizations are increasingly using pre-signing integration plans to create value out of a deal and appease shareholders, investors and regulators, according to EY’s Striking the right chord: M&A integration in financial services.

January 2015

EY to work with Global Business School Network to promote education in emerging markets
London, 29 January 2015
EY Partner and former EMEIA Tax Leader, Stephan Kuhn, has been appointed board member of the Global Business School Network’s (GBSN) Corporate Leadership Council. The two organizations will work together to promote education and workforce development in emerging markets, with particular focus on Africa.

2014 mining and metals deal volume and value lowest in 10 years
London, 28 January 2015
Deal volume in the global mining and metals sector reached a 10-year low in 2014, with transactions driven by divestments and forced sales in the face of falling commodity prices and risk-averse capital markets.

Global hospitality trends point to widespread growth, cross-border M&A and new concepts in 2015
New York, 27 January 2015
The global hospitality sector – riding a broad wave of growth, innovation and demand – is in a strong position to make further gains during 2015 as fresh capital from new locales increases the number of industry participants and creates an attractive atmosphere for acquisitions, according to our Global hospitality insights: Top thoughts for 2015.

Technology transformation drives record dealmaking in 2014, and sets stage for ‘robust’ 2015
New York, 27 January 2015
According to our Global technology M&A update: October-December 2014, corporate technology dealmakers backed away from big-ticket deals in 4Q14, but, evidence of an underlying strength is helping to drive technology transformation across industries.

Insurance CFOs call for investment in finance function to help business grow through 2020 and beyond
London, 26 January 2015
According to our 2014 Global Insurance CFO Survey, while CFOs are aiming to place greater focus on data management and analytics capabilities to help insurers grow through 2020 and beyond, they must balance this with meeting new regulatory reporting requirements and managing the relative cost of finance.

Key trends that could see M&A scale new heights in 2015
London, 26 January 2015
The resurgence of M&A in 2014 looks set to continue through 2015 as strong fundamentals and the search for growth bring executives to the deal table.

Richard Branson and a prestigious panel of CEOs highlight new global research launched at World Economic Forum by EY and Oxford
Davos, Switzerland, 22 January 2015
Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, led an event at the World Economic Forum today that unveiled initial findings from new research by EY and Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

European middle market companies optimistic about prospects in 2015
London, 22 January 2015
Europe’s medium-sized companies are overwhelmingly positive about the current state of business, and many plan to invest for growth in the coming six months, but sentiment varies strongly across the continent, according to the EY’s first European Mid-Market Barometer 2015, a study of 6,000 European companies with annual revenues between €30m and €500m.

Women continue to struggle against long-held and systemic entry barriers into elected office
Davos, Switzerland, 21 January 2015
Women remain significantly underrepresented in politically elected positions across most developed and developing countries, as well as similarly underrepresented in senior ministerial posts, according to a joint study by the World Bank and the Women in Parliaments Global Forum, supported by EY.

EY is named a leader by IDC MarketScape for its banking and capital markets consulting
London, 20 January 2015
EY announces that is has been named a leader for its banking and capital markets consulting offering in this year’s IDC MarketScape.

EY named a leader in IDC MarketScape on insurance consulting
London, 20 January 2015
EY announced that its Global Insurance practice has been named a leader in this year’s IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Business Consulting Services for the Insurance Industry.

Fourteen Asia-Pacific based women selected to participate in inaugural EY Entrepreneurial Winning WomenTM Asia-Pacific program
Hong Kong, 19 January 2015
EY today announced the 14 women entrepreneurs selected to take part in its inaugural EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ (EWW) Asia-Pacific program.

Why wait 80 more years to reach gender parity?
London, 16 January 2015
Our latest report highlights how organizations can create more supportive environments for women to succeed and help companies and economies achieve greater economic returns.

EY expands collaboration with IBM to support clients’ adoption of big data, analytics and enterprise solutions
London, 15 January 2015
We’re building on our collaboration with IBM to help global clients leverage new advanced analytics and accelerate their adoption of transformational technologies.

Biopharma M&A surges to over US$200b in 2014 as companies seek focus, scale and growth
San Francisco, 12 January 2015
While largely absent in 2013, big pharma returned to vigorous deal-making in 2014, spending nearly US$90b on mergers and acquisitions (M&A).

EY kicks off award season by overseeing voting tabulation of the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards®
Los Angeles, 7 January 2015
All eyes will be on EY as the organization tabulates the results for the ceremony that kicks off the all-important award season in Hollywood. For the 42nd year in a row, EY will oversee the entire voting tabulation process of the Golden Globe Awards® for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.