A look behind the headlines at developments in M&A

Mergers and acquisitions, and the Orient-Express

The pursuit of a luxury hotel brand raises some intriguing questions for dealmakers

Friendly targets

Familiarity between companies can make megadeals happen even in today’s depressed M&A market

A difficult call

How can US regulators encourage meaningful competition in the mobile telecoms sector?

Is this the M&A comeback?

Headline-grabbing big deals might suggest the market is on the road to recovery – but we should not jump to conclusions

Bad suits

With 96 per cent of big US deals challenged in court last year, no one wins – apart from the lawyers

Do not ignore M&A’s ‘unsexy cousin’

Careful post-merger integration is vital if deals are to add value

Summer and the City

Festivities from the Queen’s Jubilee to the Olympics cannot lift the gloom among dealmakers

Political deals

In a US election year, some dealmakers claim President Obama has been bad for business. But do the allegations stand up?

Reshuffling the pack

M&A activity may be at a low ebb, but banks need to keep their talent sharp for when the tide turns

Why we should welcome overtures from abroad

Despite M&A activity being at a low ebb, the open-minded UK is attracting increasing foreign interest

Beyond the clouds

M&A has started slowly, but dealmaking could still take off

The year ahead in M&A

Happy new year! Or perhaps not so happy for the world’s dealmakers, who are experiencing the most subdued start to January for some eight years