Media

External Press

'M&A in 2030: AI's role in dealmaking'
As artificial intelligence (AI) tools become more widely adopted, M&A professionals must consider how the technology might change their professions and how they might take advantage of opportunities those changes will bring. To find out what market observers see as the best ways to address these matters, Mergermarket on behalf of Imprima spoke with five experts, including the M&A Research Centre's, Scott Moeller. Report published by Imprima, 5 March 2019.

‘Mergers of equals’ are never truly equal - Yahoo! Finance
Scott Moeller comments on BB&T’s deal with SunTrust Banks, 8 February 2019.

Sainsbury’s and Asda merger: it’s all about market share
Article by Dr Naaguesh Appadu published in The Conversation, 1 May 2018.

Sainsbury's and Asda merger
Dr Naaguesh Appadu comments on Sainsbury's and Asda agreeing to merge. A merger of the two supermarket giants would see them control almost a third of the UK grocery market, 30 April 2018.

How oil and gas companies are dealing with low prices
Article by Dr Valeriya Vitkova published in The Conversation, 27 January 2017.

FT Professor's Picks
Scott Moeller recommended three useful FT articles in the FT.com, 24 January 2017.

A Challenging time for M&A activity but opportunities arise for the right investors
Scott Moeller, Director of the Mergers and Acquisitions Research Centre comments on the current M&A market, 26 July 2016.

London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Boerse Merger
Dr Valeriya Vitkova comments on the recently announced plans of the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Boerse merger, 21 March 2016.

Which news disclosures matter?
Scott Moeller discussed the powerful link which an M&A Research Centre study revealed between how an M&A deal is announced and the chance of it being completed in an article and podcast in the Summer 2015 edition of Investor Relations magazine.

Project Shhh! The codenames behind the UK's biggest M&A deals
Scott Moeller discloses some of the codenames given to M&A deals when he worked in investment banking in this Daily Telegraph article from 27 December 2014 on the wide variety of such project titles.

How to get ahead in international M&A
Read former Deputy Director, Anna Faelten's thoughts on this topic in an interview in Professional Engineering magazine.

AstraZeneca and Pfizer - CNBC
Scott Moeller, Director of the M&A Research Centre, discusses the potential AstraZeneca takeover and Pfizer's strategy in an interview with CNBC on 13 May, 2014.

AstraZeneca and Pfizer - BBC Radio Scotland
Former MARC Deputy Director Anna Faelten discusses the proposed Pfizer-AstraZeneca deal on BBC Radio Scotland on 8 May, 2014.

M&A Activity - CNBC
In an interview for CNBC on 28 April 2014, Scott Moeller, Director of the M&A Research Centre, highlights that while, in value terms, M&A activity is increasing, volume is down year-on-year.

Pharma Deal Fever - Reuters Insider
In an interview for Reuters Insider recorded and broadcast live on 22 April 2014, former MARC Deputy Director, Anna Faelten, discussed bolt-on acquisitions, whether the day's deal announcements are the beginning of a bigger M&A wave and whether they will lead to 'big ticket' deals, what signs should we look out for before we see more of this type of deal happening and which three industries are likely to experience the most M&A deals this year (healthcare, telecoms & media and technology).

MARC Research Cited in Parliament
Business Secretary Vince Cable cited a Cass study on the economic impact of M&A in a parliamentary hearing on bank lending and growth. Mr Cable, who was giving evidence before the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee, said the study led him to re-think his view on takeovers. The study, which was published in 2011, found that the UK economy benefits from an average short-term boost of £178m per deal, countering the long-held view that takeovers are damaging. Mr Cable said the study showed that takeovers had "substantial" benefits for companies and the UK as a whole. He added: "(The study) challenges the orthodoxy which I have had for some time that we should be suspicious of merger activity in terms of its overall effects." Former Deputy Director of the M&A Research Centre and author of the research, Anna Faelten, said: "It is good to know that research conducted at Cass is influencing policymakers at the highest levels of Government and contributing to important debates on matters concerning the UK economy."

Mr Cable was giving evidence before the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee on 17 July.

A video of the Committee meeting can be found here and Mr Cable's comments referring to the MARC research begin 20 minutes 52 seconds in.

Download a copy of The Economic Impact of M&A: Implications for UK firms here.

Trends in M&A
In a video to accompany his Moeller's Corner column in Ernst & Young's Capital Insights magazine, Scott Moeller discusses the prospects for transaction activity in 2012 and the latest trends in M&A.

MARC Director Appears on Editorial Intelligence Panel
On 3 November 2011, the Director of the M&A Research Centre, Professor Scott Moeller, appeared on the panel of an Editorial Intelligence event at Cass Business School which discussed foreign ownership and investment.  Other panellists included Sarah Smith, Business Correspondent of Channel 4 News, Lord Lyndon Harrison, Chairman of the Lords' Committee for Economic and Financial Affairs and International Trade, Frances O'Grady, Deputy Secretary General of the TUC, and Stephen Pattison, Director & CEO of the International Chamber of Commerce UK.

After many failures, deals are succeeding.  Why?
In an interview to accompany Scott Moeller's article in Ernst & Young's T Magazine, he and Anna Faelten talk about how and why the success rate of M&A deals has changed and explore the shift in the nature of dealmaking maturity.

Cass Knowledge

Hedge Funds: effective managers or master stock pickers
Are Hedge Fund interventions responsible for improved performance in the companies they invest in, or are activist funds simply good at picking stocks on the cusp of an upturn? 17 October 2018.

M&A - Research Shows the Number of Leaked Deals increased in 2015
After reaching a six year low in 2014, the number of M&A deal leaks globally increased in 2015, according to recent research conducted by Intralinks and the M&A Research Centre, 28 February 2017.

What makes a company an attractive M&A target?
Can an analysis of financial measures, such as growth, profitability, leverage, size, liquidity and valuation provide insights into which companies are likely to become acquisition targets? 14 November 2016.

Measuring the success of the recent wave of UK acquisitions by listed Chinese companies
Listed Chinese companies have been increasingly active in acquiring UK businesses in recent years. Research from the M&A Research Centre assesses how successful these acquisitions have been in creating shareholder value, 3 November 2016.

How to pull off a successful merger - tips and insights from experts
Research by the M&A Research Centre advises on how companies can execute successful M&A transactions, ensuring full value and the successful integration of the target,1 December 2015.

There Will Be Blood - what the falling price of oil means for M&A
With the price of oil more than halving since 2013, a report from the M&A Research Centre investigates how the level of M&A activity in the oil & gas sector responds to price movements, 26 November 2015.

Pre-annoucement M&A activity and its effect on outcomes
Intralinks asked researchers at the M&A Research Centre to look into the relationship between the pre-announcement due diligence phase and key M&A deal outcomes for both acquirer and seller, 17 December 2013.

Learning From Your Investors - Shareholder support in M&A transactions
This research looks at the assistance long-term institutional shareholders could offer corporates in acquiring knowledge of potential M&A targets, particularly those abroad, 7 February 2013.

The Cass MARC M&A Maturity Index 2012
In collaboration with its research partners, Credit Suisse and Ernst & Young, the M&A Research Centre provides its second annual report (July 2012) on the maturity for M&A purposes of countries worldwide, 6 February 2013.

The Economic Impact of M&A - Implications for UK firms
M&A deals are complex and challenging transactions that arguably represent the most significant investment a company can undertake. This paper draws some important conclusions regarding the impact of mergers and acquisitions in the UK, 5 February 2013.

How They Spend It - A study of corporate cash levels and spending behaviour
This research examines Corporate Cash Holdings, Corporates' Spending Patterns and Optimal Spending Strategies, using all non-financial and non-utility companies listed on the London Stock Exchange at any point in time between 1996 and 2010 as a study sample, 31 January 2013.

The First 1000 Days in the Life of an IPO
Firms which list their shares on the pubic market should do so with the intent of using their new status for further growth. Whether they do so, and how their activities affect performance, are the bases of this study, 29 January 2013.

M&A in recovery: new studies from Cass' M&A research centre
This video features two pieces of research on deal-making during and just following the recent recession.

Cass Talks

Cass Talks is a weekly audio and video podcast hosted by BBC reporter and Cass alumnus, Alex Ritson and former BBC producer and current Cass Full-Time MBA student, Yo Takatsuki.

Episode 182 - The Highs and Lows of M&A
Anna Faelten, Deputy Director of the M&A Research Centre, talks to Miranda Thomas about synergies - what they are, what companies can gain from M&A activity and the potential pitfalls.

Episode 174 - M&A Attractiveness Index 2013
Deputy Director of the M&A Research Centre, Anna Faelten, on the publication of the M&A Attractiveness Index 2013 report.

Episode 152 - Is M&A on the bounce back?
Deputy Director of the M&A Research Centre, Anna Faelten, on the outlook for M&A in 2013.

Cass Tenth Anniversary Special Series - Episode 1 - The swinging pendulum of M&A
This is the first episode in a special series of Cass Talks to celebrate Cass's tenth anniversary. 2012 marks ten years since City University Business School became Cass Business School with new premises, name, and brand - the business school for the City of London.  In this episode, Professor Scott Moeller, Director of Cass's M&A Research Centre discusses the issues that the M&A sector will face over the next decade.

Episode 135 - Is Asia the world's hottest M&A market?
Anna Faelten, Deputy Director of the M&A Research Centre, reveals the findings of the latest M&A Maturity Index.

Episode 116 - A small return in confidence in M&A activity
Leor Franks, Marketing Director at Ernst & Young, Senior Sponsor of the M&A Research Centre, discusses the first quarter results from the M&A Tracker and gives an insight into what we might expect from M&A activity in 2012.

Episode 107 - Anna Faelten on takeovers and the UK economy
Anna Faelten of the M&A Research Centre at Cass reveals the findings of a new M&A study on whether takeovers create or destroy value for the UK economy.

Episode 60 - Scott Moeller and Anna Faelten on the global M& market
Professor Scott Moeller and Anna Faelten of Cass's M&A Research Centre discuss their new study, a First of its kind M&A index illustrates country's ability to attract and sustain M&A activity.

Episode 23 - Anna Faelten on the rise of joint ventures
Anna Faelten from the M&A Research Centre at Cass discusses the rise of joint ventures in the wake of the financial crisis.

Episode 8 - Scott Moeller on how to survive if your company is going through an M&A deal
Scott Moeller, Director of the Mergers and Acquisitions Research Centre at Cass (MARC), discusses his book 'Surviving M&A' and passes on some valuable tips to anyone at a company that is going through a merger or acquisition.