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FEATURES
18 BACK TO BASICS
Venture Finance MD Peter Ewen on this year’s
turnaround deals and the struggling firms across the
UK that will increasingly turn to asset-based lending
as a means of raising funds during the credit crisis
22 REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY
Digital marketing group Dotmailer joined PLUS Markets
last month through a reverse takeover of West End Ventures.
Steered by Peter Simmonds, the Croydon agency reveals how
it is able to juggle creativity with good corporate governance
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26 HOW TO SPEND IT
Headed by Gavin Lavelle, IT software and services company
Brady Plc used its ready cash to acquire Commodities Software
last month. The seven-digit deal makes Brady faster and
stronger, and ready to take on more acquisitions later this year
28 TECHNOLOGY BOOST
Takeover activity in the tech sector has shown relative
buoyancy, with a ten per cent increase in deal values last year.
Jessica Twentyman looks at some key deals from the second half
of last year that provide a bright spot in the market gloom
Mergers & Acquisitions 5
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