Kerman & Co predict upturn in U.K. M&A Activity

September 15, 2014

Q2 of 2014 saw an historic low in UK M&A deals – only 73 of £1 million or more being reported, according to the Office of National Statistics.  However, an informal straw poll of M&A advisors undertaken by Kerman & Co indicates that most have noticed a significant increase in deal activity since early 2014.

The lows levels of UK M&A activity in Q1 and Q2 2014 seems to continue the trend of a decline in dealmaking since 2007. Yet, with the M&A advisers we have spoken to now reporting much stronger pipelines of business, it may be that this trend is about to be reversed.

Worldwide, Deloitte’s M&A index suggests that the worldwide M&A market is on an upward trajectory, reporting that nearly 14,000 M&A deals worth 1.38 trillion US Dollars were announced in the first half of 2014 and forecasting almost 22,500 deals by the end of the third quarter.  This is equivalent to a 9% increase year-on-year and 6% increase on the second quarter of 2014.

The Kerman & Co M&A team have had a busy Q2 and Q3 completing two significant M&A deals in July, both in the business services sector, as well as advising on the acquisition of City Jet, which completed in April.

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