Deal Flurry Lifts Mergers & Acquisitions to Highest in a Decade

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Deal Flurry Lifts Mergers & Acquisitions to Highest in a Decade


THE UK has chalked up its strongest first quarter for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in 10 years after businesses signed off PS85bn worth of deals.

A total of 681 deals were secured between January and March, with telecoms, automobile and healthcare proving the hottest sectors for transactions, according to research by EY.

The result comfortably outstrips the final three months of last year when firms sealed 586 deals, wort PS36bn.

However, it falls short of the 147 billion (PS104bn) and 1,045 transactions seen in the first three months of 2007.

Steve Ivermee, EY's managing partner for UK and Ireland transaction advisory services, said: "The UK deals market has experienced a very healthy start to the year as UK companies with presence in international markets remain particularly attractive to international investors.

"More significantly, we see UK businesses continuing to make deals internationally. The significant increase in inbound transactions is likely to lead to a new environment for M&A and deal makers. Some of these deals are likely to face increased scrutiny by regulators, government and the public about their purpose, which will need to extend beyond cost savings. …

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