European credit markets were hit this year by the rise in global trade tensions, a sudden spark in equity volatility and further political risks in Europe, mainly Italy.
£120m assets under advice
SLA commits to improving fund performance as outflows rise; Co-CEO relationship 'exceeding expectations'
Accelerating share buy back programme
Pre-tax profits up 15% to £46.1m
Economies of scale
Creating UK's fifth-largest bank
The increase of M&A activity in the UK year to date is dramatic with take-outs announced across the market by size in a variety of sectors.
Global equities have delivered ample volatility, but very little return for investors so far this year.
Worldwide M&A breaks $2trn barrier
Investor and corporate confidence remains intact
Share buyback representing 15% of market cap
'Wobbling risk appetite'
"Forget the economic conditions and politics. Focus on who is running the companies that you have in your portfolio and what they can do over the next five years."
Brexit negotiations weighing
Viewed as least-attractive region
Most famous Transatlantic unions
Difficulties ahead of supermarkets' tie-up
UK M&A activity in Q1 strongest for a decade
Rise in value prompted move
FTSE 100 up 6.84% over the month
'Strangest market' for UK equities
Mergers down, but launches on the up