Ciesco Commentary 1 February 2024

Ciesco launches 2023 Global M&A Review & 2024 Outlook – London, January 2024

Photo from the Ciesco Global M&A Review Event in January 2024


Ciesco launches its 2023 Global M&A Review & 2024 Outlook in the Technology and Media sectors.

February 2024, London

We are delighted to present our 2023 Global M&A Review & 2024 Outlook, which launched on Tuesday, 30th January 2024 in association with Shoosmiths, a leading UK-based law firm headquartered in the City of London. The afternoon/early evening event brought together practitioners and stakeholders from across the Technology, Media, Healthcare & Sustainability sectors in the M&A industry, including a fantastic mix of leaders from independents and corporates, consultancies, financial investors, and entrepreneurs.

A multi-disciplinary faculty of speakers shared their first-hand experiences and offer profound insights into the happenings of 2023 while providing a glimpse into the landscape of 2024. They dove into discussions on navigating challenges in the global M&A market, where pivotal topics such as the burgeoning significance of Artificial Intelligence, Sustainability, Regulation, Cybersecurity, and financing in a high-interest rate environment took centre stage.

We also heard from Ciesco Senior Sector Advisor Daniel Singer, who presented key trends & dynamics across the Digital data and Artificial Intelligence space, followed by a panel discussion involving leading industry figures and an interactive Q&A with the audience.

We revealed our key insights and trend analysis, as well as our outlook for the sectors. All guests at the event were provided with a hard copy of Ciesco’s 2023 Global M&A Review and 2024 Outlook – a digital copy is available to download from our website here.


Event Highlights Summary:

  • Presentation of the Ciesco 2023 Global M&A Review and 2024 Outlook
  • Presentation of 2024 Trends in Artificial Intelligence by Ciesco Senior Sector Advisor in data, digital research & AI, Daniel Singer
  • Panel Discussion led by Bloomberg journalist Mark Bergen, involving leading industry practitioners followed by Q&A. The panellists were:
    • Pritesh Gadhia – Managing Director for UK&I, Accenture
    • Nigel Hammond – Managing Partner, Vespa Capital
    • Hortense Bioy – Global Director of Sustainability Research, Morningstar
    • Peter Reid – Chief Executive Officer, MSQ Partners
    • Kamran Ashgar – Chief Executive Officer, CROSSMEDIA
    • Kiran Dhesi – Partner (Private Equity), Shoosmiths
  • Ciesco & Experts industry outlook for 2024
  • Networking session over drinks and canapés


Nigel Hammond, Managing Partner, Vespa Capital
Ciesco is one of our closest adviser relationships due to the quality and experience of the team and their deep sector knowledge. Not surprising then that they assembled such a varied and dynamic group of people to debate current affairs and business prospects. I found the discussions thought provoking and entertaining and established new contacts that I anticipate being fruitful.
Nigel Hammond, Managing Partner, Vespa Capital
Peter Reid, CEO, MSQ Partners
A varied and inspiring event. Among a fantastic community of international media leaders and investors, it was fantastic to get some genuinely new insights into AI and some possible strategies from the panel to navigate some of the many potential challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in 2024!
Peter Reid, CEO, MSQ Partners
Pritesh Gadhia, Managing Director, Accenture Song UK/I
Attention to detail and professionalism were evident in every aspect of Ciesco’s event, from its organisation to the quality of information. A key highlight for me was my participation on the panel – the industry diversity and seniority of my fellow panellists, along with the topical and thoughtful questions driving the session, allowed for dynamic and exciting discussions. Overall, it was a highly insightful evening with the opportunity to connect with peers across the industry.
Pritesh Gadhia, Managing Director, Accenture Song UK/I
Suzy Smith, Managing Director, RPL
The event provided valuable insights into AI's impact on the industry, with networking opportunities providing meaningful connections through a quality crowd and high calibre speakers. I highly recommend this well-organised event for its comprehensive overview of the verticals covered (Technology, Media, Healthcare and Sustainability), private equity, and quality expert insights.
Suzy Smith, Managing Director, RPL


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About Ciesco

Ciesco is a leading specialist M&A firm with a focus on the technology, media, healthcare and sustainability sectors. Headquartered in London and operating globally, Ciesco offers a unique combination at partnership level of senior industry practitioners and sector specialist investment bankers. This enables an extensive network of contacts and strong relationships that reach into organisations worldwide at C-suite sponsor levels. Ciesco is well regarded in the market for its specialist advice derived from the deep understanding of the sector, industry and buyer landscape insights, and execution expertise.