The challenges of cross-border Asset Based Lending

As companies look to expand internationally, many are turning to cross-border asset-based lending as a solution to help enhance liquidity and provide flexibility within their capital structures. The growth of cross-border or global asset-based loans has increased significantly over the last 20 years, especially as middle-market companies are now accessing global markets to expand their […]

Global investors set to increase investment in Europe

The latest asset based finance industry data published by UK Finance in Q2 2017 reveals that: • Total sales by businesses funding their export activity using invoice finance (factoring and invoice discounting) stood at £7.7 billion at the end of the quarter. This was up 36% on the same period in 2016 (£5.6 billion during […]

38% Growth in businesses using invoice finance to export

The latest asset based finance industry data published by UK Finance in Q2 2017 reveals that: Total sales by businesses funding their export activity using invoice finance (factoring and invoice discounting) stood at £7.7 billion at the end of the quarter. This was up 36% on the same period in 2016 (£5.6 billion during Q2 […]

Czech it out: Investment into central and eastern Europe rockets

Private equity and venture capital investment into central and eastern Europe (CEE) shot up last year, according to new statistics from trade body Invest Europe, reaching the highest level since 2009. The total amount ploughed into the region in 2016 reached €1.6bn, with most money going to Poland. The Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary followed. […]

The Next Silicon Valley? Head to France

France is known worldwide for its wine, food and culture, but under its new president, the French are aiming to be the new global hub for tech startups. President Emmanuel Macron has said he wants to build a version of Silicon Valley in France. His administration has launched pro-business initiatives that are loosening government restrictions […]

London is still the European hotspot for venture capitalists when it comes to fintech

According to London & Partners, London is still the European hotspot for venture capitalists when it comes to fintech. London remains the top European city for venture capital investment in financial technology firms, according to data released by Mayor Sadiq Khan’s promotional agency.London & Partners. Investors have poured more than $1 billion into fintech companies […]

Cross-border M&A between U.S. and European firms at 10 year high

LONDON (Reuters) – Some $171.8 billion of cross-border merger and acquisition deals between U.S. and European companies have been announced so far in 2017, the highest figure at this stage of the year for a decade as companies on both sides of the Atlantic hunt for deals to offset sluggish growth.CEO Hariolf Kottmann (R) of […]

Record foreign direct investment in Europe sparks job creation boom, says EY

Foreign direct investment (FDI) into Europe hit a record high in 2016, with 5,845 FDI projects recorded (up by 15% year-on-year). This has led to the creation of 259,673 new jobs (+19%), according to the 2017 edition of the EY European attractiveness survey. The UK, Germany and France are the top three European FDI destinations in […]

Factoring and Commercial Finance supporting economic expansion in the EU

Factoring and Commercial Finance grows again, supporting economic expansion in the EU Final analysis of data collated by the EU Federation for the Factoring and Commercial Finance Industry (EUF) shows that factoring and commercial finance volumes in the EU grew overall in 2016 by 6.2% to €1.5 Trillion. This rate of growth clearly outpaces the […]

Europe’s private equity industry surges to raise the most since the crash

Investment in European private equity funds surged by 37 per cent in 2016 as investors look to lock in higher returns in an improving economy, new data has revealed. European private equity funds raised the most money last year since the global financial crisis, gathering €74.5bn (£63.2bn) for investment in 2016, according to the data […]