A long time in politics – 20 years of political due diligence

This article appears in the current 20th anniversary edition of Real Deals. Cast your mind back to 1999. Tracey Emin’s My Bed was shortlisted for the Turner Prize, Manchester United won the treble, and the Millennium Dome was opened (to mixed reviews) as the cornerstone of the UK’s millennium celebrations. Politically, it seemed like a simpler time.Read more

Here today, gone tomorrow: What is the impact of the government abandoning no-deal preparation legislation?

As the country was watching mystified at last night’s extraordinary antics in the House of Commons, it was easy to forget that the prorogation of Parliament has a greater impact than simply making a lot of MPs furious. Buried beneath all the ceremony and speeches, is the reality that five key bills designed to preventRead more

WA Investor Services shortlisted for Specialist Due Diligence Provider of the Year

We are delighted to announce WA Investor Services has been shortlisted as the Specialist Adviser of the Year in Unquote’s 2019 British Private Equity Awards. The shortlist was selected by a panel of experts from the industry, to showcase innovation and excellence within UK private equity. The winner will be determined by a public vote, consideredRead more

Negotiating the future: What a Labour-led government could mean for investors

Speculation about the likelihood (and outcome) of a snap General Election to break the Brexit deadlock has been rife in recent days. Boris Johnson has been adamant that he won’t call one this side of the Brexit deadline on 31 October. Other commentators believe that a no-confidence vote held shortly after recess might mean heRead more

Johnson’s game of musical chairs: What does the Cabinet reshuffle mean for investors?

Boris Johnson announced his arrival at Number 10 last week with one of the most comprehensive -and arguably ruthless – Cabinet reshuffles in modern history. With so many new arrivals in Cabinet, the biggest questions for investors will be the style of governance of the new PM, his policy priorities (other than Brexit, of course),Read more

Lease of life: How will Labour shake-up the rental market?

While John McDonnell keeps up his ‘tea offensive’ to reassure City and business leaders the economy is safe in Labour’s hands, the party continues to offer up a series of controversial policy ideas. Following Labour endorsing the nationalisation of water companies at less than the market rate and committing to a significant decentralisation of theRead more

Buy low, sell high street?

In recent years the high street has not been a happy hunting ground for many private equity firms. Competition from online retailers and high rents and business rates have combined to create a difficult trading environment. These pressures have come to bear on several private equity-backed high street names, including Toys ‘R Us, Debenhams andRead more