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February 2016

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.