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New GDPR Regulations in Europe: What Does This Mean for M&A?

Posted on May 18, 2018 By in Business Tips + UK Government + UK M&A

On the 25th May 2018, a new data protection regulation (the General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Directive with the aim of protecting the personal data and privacy of EU citizens. It must be adhered to by all companies conducting business in the EU, regardless of the location in which they operate.

So, in the context of M&A activity, how will this affect you? One of the changes places a heavier emphasis on the privacy of a company’s customers; therefore, companies will be scrutinised on how they collect, store, use and transfer personal data. The knock-on effect this then has is that during a transaction, an acquirer will carry out even more comprehensive checks on the target, examining internal data protection systems and processes and undertaking checks on contracts with suppliers and subcontractors, which must comply with the new regulation.

This is in an acquirer’s best interest, as they inherit any existing data protection liabilities from the seller post-sale and the penalties for a breach are steep, attracting a maximum fine of either €20m, or 4% of global turnover, depending on whichever figure is highest.

It also will have an effect on the communicating of personal data during the due diligence process between an acquirer and seller. Personal data can now only be disclosed if the acquirer can show a legitimate interest. While in the M&A process, an acquirer can prove that they do have a legitimate interest in the data this is unlikely to extend to every individual involved in the business, instead just encompassing members of the organisation such a managers. Care then has to still be taken to not personally identify any individual outside of this remit, so a seller must make sure they are cautious not to identify individual customers or employees and suitably anonymise this data.

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Benchmark International has Successfully Facilitated the Sale of Day 2 Interiors Limited to Lynx Equity Limited

Posted on May 18, 2018 By in UK Deals + UK M&A

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the successful acquisition of Day 2 to Lynx.

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Tags: UK Deals, UK M&A

Benchmark International has Successfully Facilitated the Sale of Secure Care UK Limited to BrightStar Capital (London) Ltd

Posted on May 15, 2018 By in UK Deals + UK M&A

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the sale of Secure Care to BrightStar Capital.

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Tags: UK Deals, UK M&A

Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of McPhee Bros (Blantyre) Limited to Elaghmore Partners LLP

Posted on May 14, 2018 By in UK Deals + UK M&A

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated the transaction between McPhee Bros (Blantyre) (trading as McPhee Mixers) to Elaghmore for an undisclosed multi-million pound sum.

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Tags: UK Deals, UK M&A

Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Intuition Communication Limited to LaingBuisson Limited

Posted on May 10, 2018 By in UK Deals + UK M&A

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the sale of Intuition to LaingBuisson.

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Tags: UK Deals, UK M&A

Why 2018 is the Year to Conduct an M&A Deal

Posted on May 8, 2018 By in UK M&A

A business confidence survey conducted by accountancy firm EY has shown that nearly two thirds of UK companies are planning M&A deals over the next 12 months, which is the highest level since 2010.

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Tags: UK M&A

Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of DW Reporting Ltd to BigHand Limited

Posted on April 9, 2018 By in UK Deals + UK M&A

Benchmark International is delighted to announce that it has successfully facilitated the transaction between DW Reporting and BigHand.

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Tags: UK Deals, UK M&A

Benchmark International has Advised on the Sale of Cumberland Platforms Limited to GELEV Group

Posted on March 16, 2018 By in UK Deals + UK M&A

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the sale of Cumberland Platforms Limited (CPL) to GELEV Group, trading as KLUBB.

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Tags: UK Deals, UK M&A

Benchmark International Advises on the Deal Between SigmaRoc and Topcrete Limited

 

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RPC Group's Profits Soar Following Acquisitions

RPC, the international design and engineering company, has cited recent acquisitions in the last financial year as key factor in its profits more than doubling.

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Fox approaches its first hurdle in its bid to take over Sky

The announcement in December of last year that Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox was positioned for a full takeover of Sky was hardly one of the most popular deal announcements of 2016, and most certainly the least surprising. The £11.7bn bid has proved to be a contentious one, and Murdoch and co. have now reached one of their first major hurdles in the deal process in the form of competition authorities.

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Is M&A The Recipe For Bringing The Bite Back To Biscuits?

The UK biscuit industry is crumbling; slowing sales, intense competition and an increase in the price of sugar and wheat have hit the sector hard. Not to mention the pressure from the vast range of new and healthier products that are available. As a result, the UK sweet biscuit market, valued at £1.9bn, is experiencing a flurry of deal making.

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Tesco and Booker merger reignites Marmite war

They say that you either love it or hate it, but Marmite has been at the centre of a dispute between one of the UK’s largest supermarket chains and the suppliers of the distinctly British condiment. The feud escalated last year after Tesco refused to agree to Unilever’s price increases, however the dispute was resolved in October and Marmite was back on supermarket shelves. But now, the supermarket giant’s £3.9bn takeover of wholesaler Booker is expected to reignite Tesco’s feud with Unilever as critics argue the deal will create an incredibly dominant player in the sector.

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Malcolm Hughes Land Surveyors to the Ogilvie Group

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of Malcolm Hughes Land Surveyors to the Ogilvie Geomatics, a part of the Ogilvie Group.

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It was October Dealfest at Benchmark International!

October was a fantastic month for Benchmark International and we are proud to announce that our teams in the UK and US have completed deals with an overall, combined transaction value of $160,000,000.

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