Private Equity and Venture Capital lead the way in market growth

2021 has been a year that has seen appetite for investment from both Private (PE) and Venture Capital (VC) investment firms reach significant levels, with a wall of capital ready to invest in strong businesses. Market momentum was seen early in the year as investors looked to actively utilise capital that had not been deployed in 2020, and paired with the return of investor confidence following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, we have seen an influx of investment within the market, with no signs of this easing. 

A round up of the Scottish M&A Market in 2021, and the exciting times ahead for 2022

2021 can only be described as a bumper year for Scottish M&A activity. After a somewhat lull in the market during 2020, the market was due for a rebound in terms of activity levels and 2021 certainly provided this. The appetite for investment from Private Equity firms has been noticeable throughout the year as investor confidence returned, and we saw these levels soar past those of a pre-pandemic world. M&A activity levels remained healthy as companies looked to generate value and opportunities within the post pandemic growth sectors.  

Crypto Assets? HMRC have their eye on you...

Cryptocurrency and crypto assets are increasingly becoming a common investment opportunity for many individuals and businesses. Whilst most investors will be ‘testing the water’ with any gains arising from the Capital Gains Tax ‘CGT’ annual exempt amount of £12,300 each year, there are others who are lucky enough to be realizing substantial gains which do need to be reported to HMRC. Crypto also provides privacy and anonymity, which can, unfortunately, attract criminal activity.

Cash in the family business – how much is too much?

We are all acutely aware of the pressures which many family businesses have been under over the course of the last two years since the start of the pandemic. With all of the uncertainty and constantly changing guidance for businesses and employers, it is hardly surprising that many business owners have chosen to hold on to hard-earned profits as a liquidity buffer against the threat of further restrictions and cash flow issues. Couple this with the fact that most of us have had less to spend cash on in terms of leisure, holidays and socialising and again, it’s easy to understand business owners choosing to retain cash within their business rather than take (and be taxed on) their usual level of dividends or bonuses.

Deals+ Energy Deals Done in the UK Q4 2021

As featured in Energy Voice, Anderson Anderson & Brown Corporate Finance (AABcf) is delighted to share with you our Deals+ update for Q4 2021 in conjunction with Energy Voice, highlighting selected Energy M&A and Fundraising transactions across the UK.

Innovation in the Textile Sector

Research and Development in the Textile Sector. 

Working from Home – will the tax relief be axed?

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, workers across the country have been required to work from home due to national lockdowns and to curb the spread of coronavirus. As a result, and to help with the cost of increased household expenses, the government allowed a concession whereby workers could claim an allowance of £6 per week (raised from £4 per week in the previous tax year).   

Innovative Fintech in Scotland

What is a ‘fintech?’ We often hear people refer to a company in this way in the technology sector.  The term fintech (financial technology) refers to modern technology or software used by business that provide automated and improved financial services. For example, we use fintech solutions on a daily basis without realising we do, such as photographing a cheque on our mobile and uploading it to our mobile banking app, moving money around accounts or simply paying for goods.  

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