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Deal Flash – Real Estate Services

Dubai, UAE; Leading Middle East consultancy firm ValuStrat has acquired a minority shareholding in Capital Value Surveyors Limited, a UK firm specialising in real estate advisory services including property valuations and building surveys.

Deal Flash – Education Services

Salonica Capital has advised Get Skills Employment & Training Limited (‘Get Set UK’) on its full buyout of TheLightBulb Ltd (‘TLB’), an Independent Training Provider specialising in Apprenticeships and Adult Education across Essex and the East of England.

Salonica Capital acts as financial advisor for Drop Drinks on its latest round of fundraising

Drop Drinks produces vintage beverages whose distinctive taste is inspired by traditional British sweets. Drop Drinks is establishing itself as a challenger drinks brand.

Salonica Capital acts as exclusive financial adviser for Creams Cafe on majority stake investment by Pistachio Holdings

Salonica Capital acts as exclusive financial adviser for Creams Cafe on majority stake investment by Pistachio Holdings. Pistachio Holdings has acquired a majority stake in the leading 93-strong dessert brand, Creams, the UK’s leading dessert café brand.

The rise of ESG led Investing

The current pandemic had laid bare the vacuity of the hyper financialisaton that society has undergone during the past two centuries. However, headlines foreboding a doomsday scenario – ‘GDP shrinks by 20%! – are a cause of unnecessary despair.

Food for Thought; How COVID-19 will accelerate sustainability trends

Consumer behaviour in the UK and Europe is shifting due to COVID-19. Many of these changes were already in motion before the pandemic struck, however these are now noticeably accelerating.

Food for Thought; adapting to a post COVID-19 landscape

Consumer behaviour in the UK and Europe is shifting due to COVID-19. Many of these changes were already in motion before the pandemic struck, however these are now noticeably accelerating.

FMDQ Unveils Critical Clearing Infrastructure

The Nigerian fixed income and derivatives markets have hitherto experienced slow growth due to sustained counterparty, credit and settlement risks. Being Africa’s largest economy, the development of the Nigerian financial markets is crucial, with improved market architecture, increased risk management structures, growing need for bespoke hedging products i.e. derivatives and regulation as key drivers for this development.

M&A in India-London

On November 15, 2018, Jerome Merchant + Partners (JMP), in association with the City of London Corporation (COLC), the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and PWC convened a roundtable event on “M&As in India”. The event was by invitation only to a select audience from corporates based in London.

Progress of Key Developments in Kenya’s Capital Markets Space

Kenya’s Capital Markets Authority (CMA) is making important strides with developments in the capital markets such as the development of the regulatory sandbox, the implementation of the hybrid bond market, and the pilot testing of the derivatives market.

UK Coffee Sector

This brief report presents the opportunity for LATAM companies to invest in the UK economy, specifically within the sustainably sourced, specialty-roaster coffee sector

Sector Overview: Combat Sports

In 2016 the combat sports industry was at the forefront of M&A news when the UFC was sold for an unprecedented $4bn to WME-IMG (‘Endeavor’). 2016 was the year many believed that combat sports and MMA specifically, had finally cemented itself as mainstream entertainment.

Press Release: SBL Launch Pakistan

Combat sports has been exhibiting strong growth trends in Eastern Markets. The successful launch of Super Boxing League and Super Fight League in India has affirmed the compelling value proposition of a team-based franchise format combat sports league.

Casual dining and dessert sector review – UK

The UK restaurant industry has been facing a looming industry crisis of which the ramifications are now being felt. Currently one in three of the top 100 UK restaurants are loss making.

Iran, Saudi Arabia & The Return of the Wolf : The Tussle for the Middle East

On the 100-year anniversary of the Sykes-Picot agreement the Middle East continues to be in a constant state of flux, our screens bombarded with a seemingly endless stream of macabre news items. Amongst the carcass of criminal groups and failed states, we will focus on what we feel may dominate the region’s future – Iran-Saudi relations.

Indian Tiger Chinese Dragon

The Chinese economy is far more insulated from its equity market plunge than many commentators would have us believe. However while equity market fears are overblown, we discuss the implications for the Global Economy, and discuss whether India can now position itself as the premier emerging market economy over the next decade.

Alternative Benchmarks to be Used in Place of LIBOR in the Islamic Financial System

London Interbank Offering Rate is one benchmark currently used in many Islamic finance transactions. However under Islamic law the use of interest is prohibited so any apparent resemblance to interest should be avoided. This study seeks to identify other suitable benchmarks, which could be used as an alternative to LIBOR, and LIBOR equivalents.

Pakistan Investor Outlook 2014-15

The last 2 years has seen Pakistan extricate itself from several awkward situations, achieving a number of milestones, foremost the first peaceful transition from one democratically elected government to another. There has been an optimistic budget announcement by a pro-business reform government however it now has to contend with protests led by Imran Khan and an obscure Canadian cleric Tahir-ul Qadri.

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