UK M&A market remains buoyant despite uncertain backdrop

10 November 2017

Experian MarketIQ recently published its Year to Date (YTD) 2017 UK and Ireland M&A Review and the results provide an interesting read.

It appears that despite the uncertain political and economic backdrop (mentioning no names or lengthy international divorce negotiations!) the M&A market has remained buoyant in the UK and Ireland.

Data from the Experian MarketIQ report suggests that whilst overall deal numbers have fallen slightly in comparison to the ‘perfect storm’ years of 2015 and 2016, the total recorded value of deals is on the up and has been strengthened by a number of overseas investments, potentially due to the weakened pound, and the ever-increasing hunger to do deals being observed in the private equity market.

Total deal values have also been impacted by a 6% increase in the number of large deals when compared with the same period in 2016 and a further increase in the number of very large, £1 billion plus, transactions.

The appetite for M&A continues to be relatively high throughout the UK and Ireland and with further deals expected to be completed as the year evolves, the outlook appears to remain a positive one.

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