Bluebox visits International team In Barcelona for ‘Autumn Convention 2017’

November 3, 2017

At the end of last week, Bluebox was delighted to attend and speak at the M&A Worldwide Rainmaker Convention in Barcelona. Our time was spent meeting and discussing deals with our 41 international Partners and it was attended by over 100 deal makers globally. It is fair to say that our UK team was truly encouraged by the appetite for inbound investment in the UK in spite of numerous macro-political challenges globally.

In fact, in spite of a year of political uncertainty with ongoing Brexit negotiations, Donald Trump’s presidency and Catalonia’s drive for independence, M&A activity appears stronger than ever. Our Indian, French, German and US Partners all confirmed their appetite for direct investment into assets in the UK and our Thai Partners were equally positive in their continued hunt for trophy UK assets. Appetite for UK assets remains strong and buoyed by the current value of Sterling.

The event united almost 100 corporate finance professionals from across the globe including professionals from the United States, China, India, Continental Europe and the Middle East and stimulated discussion around ongoing transactions, as well as the latest trends in research, deal software and process management.

Established in 2004, M&A Worldwide has grown to become one of the market’s leading international networks with ‘boots on ground’ representation in over 42 countries. Members actively work together on cross-border client assignments and conclude hundreds of deals every year including some 641 in 2016 with an aggregate deal value of £3.7 billion.

Bluebox CEO, Paul Herman, commented: “We were delighted to have joined the Rainmaker convention last week in Barcelona and it was so good to see our International Network moving from strength to strength. It was an eye-opener to have been participating in discussions on geopolitical challenges whist in Catalonia! In spite of this backdrop, it was a fantastic event and we are very much looking forward to attending the next event in May 2018 in Amsterdam. UK assets are clearly attractive to those from overseas and this is evidenced by the volume of deals we have completed over the last 12 months with overseas buyers.”

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