Sector Advisory

Up-to-date, optimised solutions

Benefit from knowledge that is up-to-date, leveraged and optimised for your business to identify the best solution for your needs.

  • Distinctive thinking
    Achieve your ambitions with the help of our fresh ideas. We leverage a deep understanding of your business and the fullest range of service capabilities. And because we never start with a pre-determined solution, we deliver the best strategy for you.
  • Expert strategic advice

    Receive creative advice, at the right time, from experienced professionals. Working closely with corporate broking and advisory teams, take advantage of a full range of financing and transactional solutions. Our blend of sector and technical expertise ensures you are always fully supported.

    

 

Financial Services

If you’re a bank, insurer, asset manager or other financial services provider, we offer a full suite of advisory services.

 

Insights

We understand the challenges involved in growing your business such as regulatory reform, risk management and the impact of disruptive technologies.

 

Opportunities

Our specialist team covers the five major FTSE100 banks and can provide you with advice on merger and acquisition transactions, private and public equity and debt financing solutions.

Food and consumer goods

Whatever your business, from the production and supply of food and beverages, through to personal and consumer goods, you benefit from our in-depth industry knowledge.

 

Insights

This sector is directly influenced by trends in consumer consumption and, as consumers have focused on reducing food waste in recent years, volume growth has been largely absent for producers. At the same time, pricing and margins are under threat through raw material volatility and as retailers seek to address their own performance issues.

 

Opportunities

For producers addressing current issues such as health, wellness, convenience, affordability and quality or ‘premiumisation’, there is certainly plenty of scope for success. Find out how we can help.

Capital goods

Work with us when you want specialist advice related to the capital goods sector. Our experience spans a range of geographies and markets.

 

We cover:

  • General industrials
  • Industrial engineering
  • Electrical and electronic equipment
  • Aerospace and defence. 

 

Insights

Work with a team of research analysts, with a combined 50 years of experience providing in-depth, differentiated research. We also have a team of corporate advisers with specialist knowledge of capital goods.

 

Opportunities

Our Banking & Securities team covers many capital goods stocks and has detailed coverage of each individual sub-sector, helping you find the solution you need.

    

 

Leisure

Is your business in restaurants, pubs and bars, health clubs, gaming, travel or hotels?

 

Insights

This sector relies heavily on consumer confidence. We understand that, with increasing competition for leisure spend, you are under pressure to provide your customers with a differentiated experience in order to drive repeat business.

 

Opportunities

With social media allowing consumers to review their experiences in real time, leisure businesses need to deliver to ensure they’re successful. Work with our specialist advisory and research team whose expertise covers leisure stocks in a wide range of consumer-facing industries. 

Mining

If your company is involved in the exploration, extraction and development of ores and minerals you can draw on our industry-wide contacts and access to transactions and opportunities across the globe.

 

Insights

Prospects for the mining sector remain uncertain, given the slump in appetite from China manifesting in both low commodity prices and reduced demand.

 

Opportunities

Uncertain environments often provide opportunities and our specialist sector team are on hand to help you capitalise on these. We work across all commodities both from a research, sales and trading perspective as well as financing and advisory services.

Healthcare

To succeed in your highly specialised sector requires in-depth understanding of new technologies as well as the competitive landscape. Our expertise covers a broad array of stocks including biotech, pharmaceuticals, medical device manufacturers and medical service providers.

 

Insights

With government providing the majority of funding for hospitals, one of the key challenges is the sourcing of capital as austerity measures continue. Pharmaceutical companies are also facing tougher competition from generics.

 

Opportunities

Whatever your objectives, talk to our healthcare team about our range of corporate finance services, from strategic reviews and raising capital, to mergers and acquisitions.

    

 

Power and utilities

Does your company organise or maintain the infrastructure for a public service such as gas, electricity or water?

 

Insights

The sector is increasingly faced with competition and regulatory issues. The market has experienced significant change as a result of the global integration of energy markets coupled with rapid technological innovation.

 

Opportunities

Access our full suite of public and private equity, debt and advisory products and services. We publish distinctive research to keep you up-to-date and trade a broad range of UK and European listed utilities companies, principally in the power and water sectors.

Property

Work with us to develop, operate or invest in property across a range of geographies and end markets. Our expertise ranges from industrial, retail, office, self-storage and leisure property to residential and student accommodation.

 

Insights

Banks, institutional and private investors have returned to the property market committing new capital to real estate. Global capital continues to chase prime assets, particularly in central London, whilst local investors have started to focus on secondary locations and assets on the hunt for returns.

 

Opportunities

To help you tap into this potential, our team provides local knowledge as well as global reach. Our in-depth equity research spans the full range of the market, and our team of corporate advisers provides you with specialist sector knowledge.

Oil and gas

Are you an emerging or established exploration or production company? Or perhaps you’re a global oilfield services company, or involved in refining and marketing?

 

Insights

A backdrop of unprecedented oil price volatility together with geopolitical issues makes this a challenging environment requiring specialist sector insight.

 

Opportunities

Benefit from our strong relationships both in industry and private equity, plus detailed research covering all the major international oil companies. We have a proven track record of advising and raising funds for public and private companies in the oil and gas industry.

    

 

Support services

You could be providing infrastructure services, facilities management, business process outsourcing, consulting, recruitment or transport and logistics services. We work with a diverse group of companies operating in a wide range of sub-sectors.

 

Insights

While long-term prospects are positive, short-term challenges for your sector include lower organic revenue growth and increased margin and working capital pressure, particularly in the public sector.

 

Opportunities

Get advice, based on our comprehensive research covering close to 50 stocks across all major services sub-sectors and from the Small Cap through to the FTSE100.  Our expertise includes all forms of mergers and acquisitions (public and private), equity and debt advisory and strategic advice. 

Technology, media and telecoms

Whether you operate in the fixed and mobile telecoms space, or you’re a technology or media company, we can help you succeed. We work with privately-owned, sponsor-backed and publicly-listed companies at all stages of their development and across the breadth of these industry sectors.

 

Insights

As a TMT business, you operate in a diverse and fast-moving sector that’s exposed to many disruptive trends. The time we spend immersed in all areas of TMT means you to benefit from our industry-specific insight and ideas.

 

Opportunities

Speak to our specialist team, whether you’re looking for mergers and acquisitions transaction advice, private and public equity or debt financing.

Retail

This sector includes companies operating stores, both physical and online, from supermarkets and clothing shops to specialist retailers. The sector also includes brand owners with retail outlets.

 

Insights

With the structural transition from the high street to online, retailers are under more pressure than ever before. Against this backdrop you are likely to be facing the challenge of generating top line sales growth to help offset cost inflation and drive profitability.

 

Opportunities

Retailers with a niche position, differentiated product offering or exceptional multi-channel capabilities will emerge as the sector winners. Your business can draw on our knowledge and experience of our sector specialists, offering distinctive research and a full suite of advisory services for retail clients.