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February 2015

Russian oil sector sets a course towards optimization
Moscow, 26 February 2015
In December 2014, EY conducted a survey on the impact of both the financial and technological sanctions and falling oil prices on the future of the Russian oil industry. Representatives from major Russian oil companies took part in the survey. Our research suggests that market participants plan to improve business performance through optimization and use their own funds as a primary source of financing.

Key trends that could see M&A scale new heights in 2015
London, Moscow, 25 February 2015
The resurgence of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in 2014 looks set to continue through 2015 as strong fundamentals and the search for growth bring executives to the deal table. Five key trends in 2015 should ensure that the deal market remains on target for sustained growth.

2014 mining and metals deal volume and value lowest in 10 years
London, Moscow, 19 February 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.

Venture capital activity at 13-year high
London, Moscow, 18 February 2015
2014 was an exceptional year for the global VC industry. 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 released by EY today.

Technology transformation drives record dealmaking in 2014, and sets stage for ‘robust’ 2015
New York, Moscow, 17 February 2015
According to EY’s Global technology M&A update: October-December 2014, corporate technology dealmakers backed away from big-ticket deals in 4Q14, but, nonetheless, full-year 2014 set M&A volume and value records that were surpassed only in 2000, at the height of the dotcom bubble.

Insurance CFOs call for investment in finance function to help business grow through 2020 and beyond
London, Moscow, 16 February 2015
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, according to EY’s 2014 Global Insurance CFO Survey.

Global hospitality trends point to widespread growth, cross-border M&A and new concepts in 2015
New York, Moscow, 13 February 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 EY’s Global hospitality insights: Top thoughts for 2015.

Biopharma M&A surges to over US$200b in 2014 as companies seek focus, scale and growth
San Francisco, Moscow, 11 February 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).

January 2015

EY recognized by Procter & Gamble (P&G) as one of seven top performing External Business Partners
London, 29 January 2015
Procter & Gamble has recognized EY as one of seven top performing External Business Partners to receive its highest accolade, Partner of the Year Award.

In the next 10 years only banks which have mastered transformation can count on success
London, Moscow, 28 January 2015
Over the next 10 years a number of factors, like global megatrends, demographic shifts, pressure from stakeholders, technological innovations and sluggish economic growth are going to drive both evolutionary and revolutionary changes according to EY’s new Global banking outlook 2015: Transforming banking for the next generation. Banks will have to reinvent themselves to comply with the challenges of today and be flexible enough to adapt to the reality of tomorrow.

December 2014

Global IPOs outperform main indices in good, not epic, year
London, 24 December 2014
Global IPO activity continues to strengthen. In 2014, 1,206 IPOs raised US$256.5b, a 35% increase in volume and a 50% increase in value compared to 2013, according to the report: EY Global IPO Trends: 2014 Q4.

Banks’ poor service and errors push businesses across the world to seek alternative options
New York, 8 December 2014
Nearly a third of companies (29%) experienced an error with their primary bank in the past 12 to 24 months; and more than half (57%) were less than highly satisfied with the resolution.

Media and entertainment M&A appetite hits three-year high with a greater focus on ‘bite-sized’ deals
Los Angeles, 8 December 2014
A record number of media and entertainment (M&E) companies expect to pursue M&A deals during the next 12 months, according to a recent survey of over 1600 senior executives, of which 94 were from the M&E companies, in more than 60 countries conducted by EY for the 11th Capital Confidence Barometer: Media & Entertainment.

International Islamic banking assets with commercial banks set to exceed US$778b in 2014
Dubai, 2 December 2014
According to EY’s World Islamic Banking Competitiveness Report 2014-15: Participation Banking 2.0, Islamic banking assets with commercial banks in international markets are set to exceed US$778b in 2014.

Risk culture is at the forefront of banks' agenda as fines and remediation hit home
Washington, DC, 1 December 2014
EY’s annual risk management survey of major financial institutions, Shifting focus: risk culture at the forefront of banking, shows that in the past year, banks have made dramatic shifts in their attention to risk culture, but much more work remains to be done.

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