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The most acquisitive companies of 2017 so far

Global M&A activity has remained high in 2017, with deal volumes being largely driven by international organisations that have acquired multiple companies. This trend has been prevalent across a number of industry sectors, and in this article, we will take a deeper look at three of the most active buyers...

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A round up of UK M&A in the first quarter of 2017

After a significantly active 2016, the 2017 M&A market has gotten off to a positive start. The first quarter alone has witnessed 479 deals involving UK target companies, generating total disclosed values of £24.6bn, according to company deals database, Zephyr.   The most valuable deal completed during this time was...

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A Round Up of M&A in 2016

The UK M&A industry confirmed its resilience in 2016, as, despite changes to the economy and political landscape, deal volumes within the mid-market were significantly higher than those witnessed in 2015.   Zephyr, the online company deals database, reports that 2016 saw thousands of completed acquisitions of UK target companies,...

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Why will 2017 be a good time to sell?

The past few years have seen an extremely active M&A marketplace, alongside record numbers of deal completions.  The high levels of M&A activity seen in recent years are a good indication that buyers are showing an increasing desire for company acquisitions.   A number of reputable sources have predicted that...

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Mergers & Acquisitions in October 2016

October 2016 was particularly active within the M&A market, with 211 deals completed during the month, according to online deals database, Zephyr.   This month witnessed the much anticipated completion of the acquisition of Dutch company Koninklijke N.V., otherwise known as household name Philips, by Japan based brewery and soft...

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This year’s mega deals – what can we look forward to in the rest of 2016?

As we enter into the final quarter of 2016, we can reflect upon a full nine months of completed mega deals involving respected UK companies. Zephyr, the company deals database, records that throughout the year of 2016, 19 UK companies have been sold at a value exceeding £1 billion.  ...

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Quarter one 2015 review

M&A activity started strongly in 2015, reaching the highest first quarter level since 2007. According to the latest Quarterly M&A Report from Zephyr, mergers and acquisitions targeting Western European companies in the first three months of 2015 rose to £197.7 billion, which represents a growth of 25% over the two...

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Mergers & Acquisitions in March 2015

March rounded off a successful first quarter and saw 241 acquisitions of UK based companies, according to professional deals database, Zephyr.   One of the month’s main talking points was the acquisition of Lastminute.com Ltd, a UK based online travel agency operator. The company was acquired by Netherlands based Online...

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Technology Enabled Media & Marketing: Top 20 Deals of 2014

For mergers and acquisitions as a whole, 2014 was another record breaking year and Ciesco have reported an increase of 24% on 2013 within the technology enabled media and marketing sector. The total disclosed value of transactions was almost £77 billion, compared to just £16.5 billion in 2013.   This...

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2014 deal values 30% higher than 2013

Total deal values in 2014  surpassed that of 2013 by a staggering 30%, making it the best year for deal values since 2007, according to the M&A Index from Deloitte.   On a global scale, businesses are in a much better position to acquire; they have built up greater cash...

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