Funding and sponsorship

The Centre is funded principally by sponsorship from a select group of organisations and by Bayes Business School. Current Senior Sponsors are Credit Suisse and Intralinks.  Acuris (formerly Mergermarket), Ardian, ICAEW and Willis Towers Watson are Sponsors.

Future sponsors from the broad range of institutions engaged in the M&A industry are welcome.

Sponsors benefit from contribution to leading-edge theory and practice at the world-leading M&A Research Centre, as well as association with one of Europe's top business schools.

Senior Sponsors

Credit Suisse

As one of the world's leading banks, Credit Suisse provides its clients with private banking, investment banking and asset management services worldwide. Credit Suisse offers advisory services, comprehensive solutions and innovative products to companies, institutional clients and high-net-worth private clients globally, as well as retail clients in Switzerland.

Credit Suisse is active in over 50 countries and employs approximately 49,000 people. Credit Suisse is comprised of a number of legal entities around the world and is headquartered in Zurich.

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Intralinks is a leading financial technology provider for the global banking, deal making and capital markets communities. As pioneers of the virtual data room, their technology enables and secures the flow of information, empowering their customers to work more productively and with complete confidence. Intralinks facilitates strategic initiatives such as mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and investor reporting. Thier solutions enhance these activities by streamlining operations, reducing risk, improving client experiences and increasing visibility. They’ve earned the trust and business of more than 99 percent of the Fortune 1000 and have executed over $34.7 trillion worth of financial transactions on their platform.



Founded in 1996 and led by Dominique Senequier, Ardian is a premium independent private investment company with assets of US$36bn managed or advised in Europe, North America and Asia.  The company, which is majority-owned by its employees, keeps entrepreneurship at its heart and delivers investment performance to its global investors while fuelling growth in economies across the world.  Ardian's investment process blends discipline and conviction with a long-term philosophy.

Further information can be found on the Ardian website.

Acuris (formerly Mergermarket)

Acuris powers business growth for financial and professional services firms worldwide. Through events and subscription-based digital services, we provide unique, high-value content that helps our customers to make the best decisions based on the strongest evidence.

Our sector specialists and expert analysts interpret data and intelligence to extract new insights that create business opportunities for our customers. We’re trusted by many of the world’s principal advisory firms, investment banks, law firms, hedge funds, private equity firms and corporates, who rely our brands to help them understand specialist markets and find ideas for business development.

Founded in 2000, we’re a growing family of information brands united by common characteristics: sector expertise, analytical skill, proprietary data and solutions that are packaged for maximum value. You’ll find our 1,300 staff, including 800 specialist journalists and analysts, in 67 locations around the world.

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ICAEW train, develop and support Chartered Accountants so that they have the knowledge and values to help build local and global economies that are sustainable, accountable and fair. ICAEW have been at the heart of the accountancy profession since they were founded in 1880 to ensure trust in business. They share their knowledge and insight with governments, regulators and business leaders worldwide as they believe accountancy is a force for positive economic change across the world.

Willis Towers Watson

Willis Towers Watson is a leading global professional services company that helps organisations improve performance through effective people, risk and financial management. With 14,000 associates around the world, we offer solutions in the areas of employee benefits, talent management, rewards, and risk and capital management.

Our focus is on giving clients the clarity to make the right decisions and take the right actions. And our approach is grounded in perspective - the kind that comes from our deep experience working on a wide range of issues.

But more important, our perspective begins at eye level - with a clear understanding of our clients, the way they work, their goals and challenges.

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