UK M&A market is back to pre-recession levels

The number of mergers and acquisitions involving UK businesses increased by 10.3% in 2015 with deal values totalling £433bn

The number of mergers and acquisition (M&A) deals involving UK businesses increased by 10.3% in 2015; the highest deal activity since pre-recession levels in 2007.

According to data published by Experian, there were 6,532 deals across the past 12 months with a total value of £433bn – the highest value figure recorded since 2000.

Unsurprisingly, Greater London had the highest levels of deal activity with 2,576 deals involving businesses based in the capital.

The data also reported a 21.7% increase in the number of M&A deals with a valuation of £1bn or more; there were 56 ‘mega-deals’ completed across 2015.

“It’s encouraging to see dealmakers are looking at smaller companies to make investments so small and medium enterprises can get the expertise and funding they need to help them grow”.

Turner also highlighted statistics which show that overseas investments in UK companies have risen by 14.7% year-on-year in deal numbers and almost £100bn in value:

“Overseas investors have shown confidence in the UK economy by investing in greater numbers, but both domestic and international dealmakers will now be conducting thorough research as they hunt for businesses ripe for investment in 2016.”

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