An in-depth investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA )has found that payments company Bottomline’s purchase of Experian Payments Gateway does not raise competition concerns. Bottomline and EPG provide payments software used by businesses to submit direct debits, make payroll payments and pay suppliers. This software allows customers of both companies to make payments…

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…

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%…

Salary Finance has completed the acquisition of od Neyber. The acquisition creates the UK’s largest employee financial wellbeing platform. Salary Finance will now serve 500 client partners and reach 3 million employees. The client combined portfolio includes 15% of the FTSE 100 and many household name employers, such as BT, Dixons Carphone, Virgin Active, Co-op,…

Professional services group Knights, which has offices across the Midlands, has exchanged contracts to acquire two law firms. The firm has agreed to acquire Leeds-based independent Shulmans for a total consideration of £20.1 million and Crawley and Maidstone-based commercial law firm ASB Law (which also encompasses ASB Aspire) for up to £8.5 million. Knights Group…

UK law firms Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins have agreed to merge, creating a new regional powerhouse firm with a significant geographic footprint across the South East. The merger has been approved unanimously by the two firms’ respective partnerships. Set to begin trading as Moore Barlow from 1st May, the new firm will comprise 70…

Payments company Bottomline’s purchase of Experian Payments Gateway does not raise competition concerns, an in-depth Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) investigation has provisionally found. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been investigating Bottomline Technology’s completed purchase of the Experian Payments Gateway (EPG) business from Experian. Bottomline and EPG provide payments software used by businesses…

Enforcement specialist JBW Group has announced it has fully acquired the shares of debt collection agency (DCA) Advantis Credit with funding provided by OUTSOURCING Inc. Advantis will continue to be managed separately to JBW and will retain its brand and management team, led by CEO, Mark Webb. This acquisition brings FCA Regulated Debt and Contingent…

OVO Energy has completed the acquisition of SSE’s UK household energy business.  The merger combines SSE’s scale and OVO’s technology capabilities which will enable millions more customers to decarbonise their homes, while keeping their costs down. With the acquisition completed, the leadership teams from both companies will collaborate on a more detailed plan on how…

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