Businesses will be given an additional three months to file accounts with Companies House to help companies avoid penalties as they deal with the impact of COVID-19. The joint initiative between the government and Companies House will mean businesses can prioritise managing the impact of Coronavirus. There are approximately 4.3 million businesses on the Companies…

Shoosmiths has announced the appointment of two new Partners in its corporate restructuring and M&A teams. Lemi McAuley, who will be based in Leeds, is a specialist in board advisory and transactional matters and has acted for a number of corporate clients, clearing banks, private equity providers and insolvency practitioners. His appointment means Shoosmiths now…

Deloitte has announced that it has appointed Martin Chapman as Restructuring Services Director. Chapman has joined the firm as a director from another ‘big four’ firm, where he was the national sector expert for restructuring in education. His experience includes working with higher education institutions, further education corporations, independent schools, private training providers, lenders to…

Order-to-cash solution specialist Onguard has been acquired by Visma Group. Onguard joins the family of well-known Dutch brands in the Visma Group, including Visma Connect, Visma Raet, ProActive, Visma Idella, PinkWeb, HR2day, Dotweb, VerzuimSignaal, PlusPort, Circle Software, and Visma Roxit. Based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Onguard is a European market leader in cloud-based order-to-cash solutions, providing…

Dun & Bradstreet has announced that it has completed the purchase of Coaction.com an end to end receivables management platform The acquisition expands Dun & Bradstreet’s portfolio of finance solutions, helping clients automate credit-to-cash processes. The company says the move means Dun & Bradstreet, clients will now benefit from a growing portfolio of data and…

A sharp rise in the number of people ‘dying in debt’ has led Begbies Traynor to expand a specialist team. The company says that the number of cases involving the insolvent estates of deceased people is rising, largely due to more ‘hidden debts’ or unpaid care home fees being discovered. When the liabilities of an…

Equiniti Riskfactor and Codat have announced an SME lending partnership The partnership will see Equiniti Riskfactor and Codat allow SME customers to automatically share data with their lender, speeding up decision making. Equiniti Riskfactor will connect with Codat’s single API to digitise data collection for its clients, enabling small businesses to share data automatically, reducing…

Business advisory firm Quantuma has completed a merger with Scotland’s leading independent insolvency provider WRI Associates. The acquisition will see Quantuma take on WRI’s office in Glasgow, headed by partner, Ian Wright, and its 8 members of staff. The firm will operate under the Quantuma brand. WRI is an insolvency and restructuring practice, providing independent…

Aon has agreed to acquire Willis Towers Watson for almost £22.9 billion in an all-stock deal to create one of the world’s largest insurance brokers – a combined value of around $80bn. The company will be called Aon and will retain its operating headquarters in London. Upon completion, existing Aon shareholders will own approximately 63%…

International debt collection specialist Atradius Collections has appointed a new Country Director for the UK and Ireland. Yvette Gray has taken the helm at Atradius Collections – a business she helped bring to the UK 13 years ago. With industry experience built up over nearly three decades,  Gray has been trade credit insurer Atradius since…

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