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May 2016

Life Sciences M&A boom is far from over as the industry deal market ‘renormalizes’
New York, 26 May 2016
The M&A market in the global life sciences sector is in the middle of a “renormalizing” period, according to the findings in EY’s 14th Global Capital Confidence Barometer (CCB): Life sciences highlights.

Foreign direct investment in Europe at an all-time high, despite uncertainties posing risks
London, 24 May 2016
According to EY’s 2016 European attractiveness survey, foreign direct investment (FDI) into Europe hit a record high with 5,083 FDI projects in 2015 (up by 14% year-on-year), leading to the creation of 217,666 new jobs (+17%).

Andy Baldwin appointed to lead EY’s Europe, Middle East, India and Africa practices
London, 19 May 2016
EY announces the appointment of Andy Baldwin as its new leader for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA). Andy will become Area Managing Partner on 1 July 2016, leading EY’s EMEIA member firms, which together represent US$11.82b in revenue and more than 102,000 people across 99 countries.

First quarter global power and utilities transaction activity up 50% compared to Q1 2015
London, 19 May 2016
After hitting historic records in 2015, global power and utilities total deal value continued to climb, reaching a five-year high of US$44.4b in Q1 of 2016 — a 50% increase over the same period last year, according to EY’s Power transactions and trends Q1 2016.

EY appoints Steve Krouskos as Global Vice Chair – Transaction Advisory Services
London, 19 May 2016
EY announces that Steve Krouskos has been appointed EY Global Vice Chair – Transaction Advisory Services (TAS), effective from 1 July 2016.

Lack of accurate data threatens to undermine performance of global business’ talent and mobility programs
London, 18 May 2016
Inadequate data on workforce mobility is placing firms under increasing pressure as they struggle to deploy global human resource strategies, contain costs and comply with the demands of cross-border regulatory obligations.

EY and GE Digital form alliance in Industrial Internet of Things
London and San Ramon, 18 May 2016
EY and GE Digital (NYSE: GE) announce a new strategic alliance to develop and provide Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) services to help industrial companies achieve increased productivity from capital assets and processes linked in the cloud.

EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award 2016
London, 13 May 2016
The 16th EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award and Forum will take place between 7 and 12 June 2016 in Monaco, where 55 entrepreneurs representing 49 countries will compete for the global crown to be announced during a gala awards ceremony on 11 June.

Technology M&A stabilizes in 1Q16 after reaching record-high value in 2015
New York, 11 May 2016
Following record-setting levels in 2015, global technology M&A volume rose 8% sequentially and 2% year over year (YOY) in the first quarter of 2016, to 1,002 deals, according to EY’s Global technology M&A update: January-March 2016. However, quarterly value fell 65% sequentially and 14% YOY.

Deal value decline continues for global mining and metals in first quarter with 45% drop year-over-year
London, 11 May 2016
First quarter global mining and metals transaction activity confirms the harsh reality faced by companies across the industry is far from over, according to EY’s latest quarterly analysis.

Global wealth managers compete for up to US$200b in revenue as shifting client expectations and technology drive transformation
New York, 10 May 2016
Globally, up to US$200b in revenue may be at stake, as 40% of all clients surveyed are open to switching wealth managers under the right circumstances, according to EY’s 2016 global wealth management report The experience factor: the new growth engine in wealth management.

Emerging markets surge ahead of European renewables powerhouses for energy investment attractiveness
London, 10 May 2016
Almost without exception, European markets slipped down EY’s Renewable energy country attractiveness index (RECAI) rankings while less mature markets across Latin America, Africa and Asia continued their ascent, reveals the latest edition of the report.

EY announces new Global Digital Leader for Advisory Services
London, 3 May 2016
EY announces Richard Suhr as Global Digital Leader of EY’s Advisory Services. Suhr built and led Google’s Enterprise and Maps business in Japan and the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region for almost a decade.

April 2016

‘Progress paradox’ found as 69% of industry leaders believe gender parity is in reach despite little headway
London, 28 April 2016
The majority (69%) of industry leaders believe they will achieve gender parity on their board within the next 25 years despite little progress being made within their organizations, according to EY’s report Navigating disruption without gender diversity? Think again.

Only 12% of consumer products and retail leaders expect significant progress in women leadership in the next five years
London, 28 April 2016
With women accounting for just 16% of executive boards across consumer products and retail (CPR), a new EY survey paints a bleak picture for gender diversity in the sector, revealing that only 12% of CPR executives expect to see a significant increase in the number of female leaders in the next five years.

Majority of business leaders say women are paramount in navigating current disruption in auto industry
London, 28 April 2016
An overwhelming majority (96 %) of business leaders agree diversity of thought and experience are crucial for navigating the changing business landscape in the automotive industry according to Respond to industry volatility without gender diversity? Think again, EY’s global survey of gender diversity in the automotive industry.

Financial services executives expect only slight increases in female leadership levels in next five years
London, 28 April 2016
While banking and insurance executives recognize their leadership teams are not sufficiently diverse, few expect to bolster those ranks with more female leaders over the next five years, according to Placing gender on the financial services agenda, EY’s global survey of gender diversity at banks and insurers.

Life sciences companies face a looming talent crisis
Boston, 28 April 2016
Life sciences industry executives are increasingly concerned they are not doing enough to attract and retain women in their organizations, according to Navigating disruption without gender diversity? Think again, a new EY survey on industry-wide gender parity.

Africa private equity exits reach a nine-year high
Addis Ababa, 27 April 2016
Private equity exits in Africa reached a nine-year high in 2015, even as firms held onto their investments longer due to economic uncertainty, according to data from EY and the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA).

Technology executives temper their economic optimism and trend toward alliances in low-growth economy
New York, 26 April 2016
Global technology dealmaking is marked by the twin forces of digital disruption and a prolonged low-growth economy, according to EY’s 14th biannual Global Capital Confidence Barometer (CCB) – Technology, which surveyed 182 technology leaders around the world, 55% of them C-level executives.

EY receives two 2016 SAP Pinnacle Awards: Market Impact Partner of the Year and Quality Partner of the Year
London, 25 April 2016
EY has received two 2016 SAP Pinnacle Awards ‒ Market Impact Partner of the Year and Quality Partner of the Year ‒ recognizing EY’s outstanding contributions as an SAP partner.

Acquisitions and alliances thrive as companies have strong appetite for ‘buying and bonding’
London, 25 April 2016
Global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) prospects remain positive as 50% of companies plan transactions this year, according to EY’s 14th Global Capital Confidence Barometer (CCB), a survey of more than 1,700 executives in 45 countries.

EY selects 16 start-up entrepreneurs for its Asia-Pacific Accelerating Entrepreneurs program
Hong Kong, 21 April 2016
EY has selected 16 high-potential, technology-focused start-up entrepreneurs from across Asia-Pacific to take part in its Accelerating Entrepreneurs program, which will help them to scale their businesses through support, expert guidance and networking opportunities.

Increasing global cooperation in enforcement against corruption raises the stakes for companies and their executives
London, 19 April 2016
EY’s 14th Global Fraud Survey 2016: Corporate misconduct – individual consequences finds a worldwide clamor for enhanced transparency at a time of increased geopolitical tensions and heightened volatility in financial markets.

IDC MarketScape names EY a leader in business consulting
London, 18 April 2016
EY has been recognized as a leader for business consulting globally and in the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions by IDC in its annual report series, IDC MarketScape for Business Consulting 2016 Vendor Assessment.

Following record-breaking 2015, venture capital investment set to settle in 2016
London, 18 April 2016
2016 looks set to be the year in which VC levels moderate, as investors switch to a focus on execution. This follows an exceptional 2015, which saw US$148b invested through 8,381 deals – the highest level of VC activity in nearly two decades according to the EY report, Back to reality: EY global venture capital trends 2015.

Corporate venture capital grows as big business responds to disruption
San Francisco, 13 April 2016
There are now approximately 1,300 corporate venture funds worldwide and in 2015 US$28b of corporate venture capital (CVC) flowed into over 1,300 deals across a range of sectors.

EY alliance with Adobe to help companies accelerate digital transformation
New York, 5 April 2016
EY and Adobe have today announced a new strategic alliance that will expand EY’s digital experience and web content services to help clients with their digital transformations. Adobe, a leader in digital marketing solutions, will team with EY to help companies improve profitability and gain competitive advantage through digital transformation programs.

Overall optimism among European banks falls to its lowest levels since 2012
London, 4 April 2016
Our annual market-leading survey of the European banking industry has revealed the continent’s bankers are at their least optimistic since 2012, when the Eurozone debt crisis was at its height.

Optimism among Europe’s bankers slips to lowest level in 4 years
London, 4 April 2016
EY’s 7th European Banking Barometer (EBB) survey has revealed widespread pessimism amongst Europe’s bankers over the outlook for their industry in the year ahead.

March 2016

EY sends five fast-growth technology start-up entrepreneurs to Monaco for its European Accelerating Entrepreneurs program
London, 1 April 2016
EY has selected five high-potential technology start-up entrepreneurs from across Europe to take part in the European Accelerating Entrepreneurs program.

While global response to BEPS is cautious, Europe is increasingly leading the drive toward implementation
London, 23 March 2016
Most countries globally are moving cautiously in their response to the G20/OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project, with Europe setting the precedent for tax reform.

Global IPO volume down in first quarter as issuers wait for market conditions to improve
London, 22 March 2016
Global IPO activity slowed significantly in Q1 2016 with a total of 167 deals raising just US$12.1b according to the quarterly EY Global IPO Trends: 2016 1Q.

EY opens four new Centers of Excellence to help companies accelerate business performance and digital transformation
Singapore, 15 March 2016
EY has launched four new Centers of Excellence (CoE) to provide innovative services in digital business transformation strategy, cybersecurity, analytics and manufacturing to companies in the Asia-Pacific region.

Sixteen women selected to participate in 2016 EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women Asia-Pacific program
Hong Kong, 7 March 2016
EY announces the 16 women entrepreneurs selected to take part in its EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women (EWW) Asia-Pacific program. The Entrepreneurial Winning Women Asia-Pacific Class of 2016 includes women from Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Korea, and for the first time, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Number of women in power and utilities board positions rises just 1% in last three years
London, 7 March 2016
Gender parity progress is painfully slow in the global power and utilities sector with the number of women in board positions rising just 1% in the last three years, according to EY’s annual Women in Power and Utilities Index 2016 (Index).

Retailers should focus on in-store technologies to make experience more seamless, says new study
New York, 2 March 2016
According to a new executive briefing developed by Forbes Insights, in cooperation with EY, "Closing the Loop: The Last 1,000 Feet of the Shopping Experience,” the majority of retailers believe they provide a seamless experience across all channels, yet they are not always taking the last 1,000 feet—the physical space a customer must traverse to make an in-store purchase—into consideration.

New risks for business as indirect tax regimes sweep the globe
London, 1 March 2016
More countries than ever are adopting indirect tax regimes as they respond to revenue shortfalls and digital innovation, according to EY’s Indirect Tax in 2016 – an in-depth review of indirect tax developments and trends across more than 100 jurisdictions.

February 2016

World’s largest economies are lagging behind in developing female leaders
London, 25 February 2016
As the ‘Pledge For Parity’ sponsor for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2016, EY reaffirms its commitment to accelerating women’s advancement and calls for individuals and companies to move from talk to purposeful action in achieving gender parity.

EY and IWF announce 2016 list of elite female athletes to participate in its Women Athletes Business Network Mentoring Program
London, 18 February 2016
EY’s Women Athletes Business Network (WABN) has announced the 2016 roster of elite female athletes selected for a year-long mentoring program providing them with tailored support as they transition from sports into other professional careers.

CFOs concerned about effectiveness of corporate reporting
London, 18 February 2016
CFOs are losing confidence in corporate reporting and its effectiveness, as pressure from audit committees, the complexity of implementing new reporting requirements and reporting overload affect performance, according to the annual survey by EY’s Financial Accounting and Advisory Services (FAAS), Are you prepared for corporate reporting’s perfect storm?

Deal value hits six-year high as utilities seek growth through renewables and cross-sector convergence
London, 18 February 2016
Global power and utilities transaction activity maintained momentum in the fourth quarter with deal value ending 2015 up 13% from 2014 at US$200b — a six-year high, according to EY’s Power transactions and trends: 2015 review and 2016 outlook.

EY named an ALM Intelligence Vanguard leader in insurance customer relationship and life and annuities consulting
London, 17 February 2016
ALM Intelligence, previously known as Kennedy Consulting Research & Advisory, has recognized EY as a leading provider of insurance consulting services globally.

EY launches 2016 program to support European fast-growth technology entrepreneurs
London, 11 February 2016
EY has launched the 2016 EY Accelerating Entrepreneurs program in Europe, which gives high-potential, fast-growth technology startups from across the continent access to support to help scale their businesses.

EY announces new Area Managing Partner for Japan
London, 10 February 2016
EY announces the appointment of Scott Halliday as its new Area leader for Japan, effective 1 March. The EY member firms in Japan together represent nearly 8,000 people.

EY appoints Raj Apte as Head of Restructuring for Central and Southeast Europe
Budapest, 10 February 2016
Raj Apte has been appointed EY’s Head of Restructuring for Central and Southeast Europe (CSE), with immediate effect.

EY receives two SAP Partner Excellence Awards 2016
London, 9 February 2016
EY is pleased to announce that it has received two SAP Partner Excellence Awards 2016 from SAP.

EY announces its EY Synapse Analytics-as-a-Service platform to accelerate delivery of analytics-driven insights to businesses globally
New York, 8 February 2016
EY has announced its global Analytics-as-a-Service (AaaS) platform, EY Synapse, to accelerate the delivery of analytics-driven insights that businesses can use to compete and operate more effectively.

Distress and divestments to dominate mining deals in 2016
London, 4 February 2016
Financial distress among mining and metals companies will shape merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the sector in 2016, with divestments expected to pick up pace on the back of volatility and uncertainty on the timing of a recovery, according to a new EY report released today.

Industry distress to fuel oil and gas transaction activity as crude price dives
London, 1 February 2016
More oil and gas companies are expected to succumb to stress in the sector, which will drive transactions in 2016, after global deal volume and value fell short of expectations in 2015, dropping by 33% and 17% respectively year-on-year.

January 2016

Private equity funds and investors view data and digital solutions as the keys to winning the regulatory and reporting game
New York, 27 January 2016
Private equity CFOs are facing wide-ranging reporting demands from regulators and investors in the years since the financial crisis, leading finance teams to search for better data management and technology solutions, according to Disruption: seismic shifts in the private equity industry, EY’s 2016 global private equity fund and investor survey.

Tech megadeals rise in 4Q15, driving 2015 to all-time value record
New York, 27 January 2016
The fourth quarter of 2015 concluded a year of multiple global technology deal-making records, meaning that 2015 set a new all-time high for annual tech M&A aggregate value, surpassing the previously set record in 2000, according to EY’s Global technology M&A report: October-December 2015 first look.

Divestment appetite more than doubles in 2016 with companies funding growth through strategic sales
London, 26 January 2016
Divestments are top of mind in corporates’ capital agenda strategy this year as companies seek to extract maximum value from strategic sales, according to EY’s 2016 Global Corporate Divestment Study, Learning from private equity: experts at extracting hidden value, an annual survey of corporate and private equity executives.

EY Vantage Program expands to help more high-impact entrepreneurs around the world
London, January 20 2016
In EY’s current financial year , the program will have increased its support to high-impact entrepreneurs by 50% compared to the previous financial year, working in new geographies such as Indonesia and Pakistan, along with new cities in South American countries.

EY recognized for its knowledge services
New York, 20 January 2016
EY is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as a recipient of the Global Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise (MAKE) award, ranking among the world's 20 leading organizations for turning internal information into business value.

Significant increase in risk from cyber breaches and insider threats among top drivers of investment in forensic data analytics
London, 20 January 2016
Cyber breaches and insider threats, which include malicious insiders stealing, manipulating or destroying data, are the fastest-growing risks according to executives and is driving investment in forensic data analytics (FDA), finds EY’s 2016 Global Forensic Data Analytics Survey, Shifting into high gear: mitigating risks and demonstrating returns.

Sub-Saharan Africa becomes increasingly attractive to insurers
London, 13 January 2016
Zambia, Ghana and Kenya will offer the most attractive mix of rewards and risk for insurers over the next three years, and other Sub-Saharan markets will present new opportunities due to sustainable economic expansion and demographic transformation, according to the EY report Waves of change: revisited — insurance opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

International Accounting Standards Board issues a new leases standard that will affect nearly all companies – EY comments
London, 13 January 2016
The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) today issued its leases standard that will require lessees to recognise all leases on their balance sheets, with certain exemptions. This will have the most impact on entities that have significant operating leases today, such as lessees of real estate, large equipment and machinery, and transportation vehicles.

Biopharma M&A soars in 2015: Is this the new normal?
San Francisco, 11 January 2016
Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the biopharmaceutical industry skyrocketed in 2015, with the value of 2015 announced deals totalling more than US$300b, a new record for the industry, according to EY’s Firepower Index and Growth Gap Report 2016, released today.

EY kicks off Hollywood awards season, finalizing the results of the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards®
Los Angeles, 6 January 2016
The Hollywood award season is back. For the 43rd consecutive year, EY will oversee the voting process for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globe Awards®.

EY awards US$1m to winners of its global Better begins with you recognition program
London, 4 January 2016
EY has awarded US$1m to the winners of its new global recognition program, Better begins with you, which recognizes EY people who have found inspiring and impactful ways to bring EY’s purpose – building a better working world – to life.