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Mergers and Acquisitions in July 2019

With a total number of 135 acquisitions, Zephyr highlights a 36% increase in deal activity in July than compared to the previous month. Additionally, 21 of these transactions involved an overseas acquiror. Other successful acquisitions include: First State Investments UK Holdings Ltd by Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation; Chambertin...

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Importance of Small to Medium Enterprises in the UK economy

Small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) play a vital role in supporting the economy as their main contributions include innovation, employment and adaptability. They help to make the UK more competitive and appealing to visitors and investors and, complement diversity, growth and creativity to towns and cities, while playing an...

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Mergers and Acquisitions in June 2019

The month of June involved 99 acquisitions that took place within the UK. According to Zephyr, 30 of these deals came into fruition through an overseas acquirer. The most notable deal was involving overseas Japanese acquirer Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking Corporation through the acquisition of First State Investments UK...

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Mergers & Acquisitions in May 2019

According to Zephyr, 161 acquisitions of UK companies took place in May, of which 48 were overseas acquirers. The largest transaction of the month had deal value of over £3.2 billion, where Camelot Holdings (Jersey) Ltd was acquired by Clarivate Analytics PLC.   Another high deal value involved the acquisition...

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Mergers & Acquisitions in April 2019

April proved a strong month for UK M&A with 197 deals taking place, according to Zephyr.   The month began with the acquisition of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc by MMC Treasury Holdings (UK) Ltd. This was also the deal with the highest value of the month, at £4.9 billion,...

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Mergers & Acquisitions in March 2019

122 deals involving UK companies took place in March, according to Zephyr, with a third of these deals being from cross border acquirers.   The highest deal value of the month was the acquisition of Battersea Project Phase 2 Company Ltd by PNB-Kwasa International 2 Ltd for £1.6 billion. PNB-Kwasa...

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Why is NOW the right time to sell?

The start of 2019 has been very active within the M&A marketplace, with a total of 406 transactions involving UK companies in the first two months, according to Zephyr. The rest of 2019 looks set to be going the same way, with several strong buyers announcing they are looking to...

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Mergers & Acquisitions in February 2019

February 2019 saw continued growth in M&A, with a total of 132 transactions involving UK companies, according to Zephyr. The month began with the Unilever plc acquisition of Nd1t Ltd this was the continuation of the trend of multinational companies acquiring smaller personality-based brands. This deal also shows the maintained...

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M&A within the food and drink sector, reflections on 2018

The food and drink sector had a great 2018 with a significant number of deals being completed.   To start the year off strong, Burts Potato Chips Ltd acquired the Leicester based snack company Savoury & Sweet Ltd. “This is an exciting time for everyone working at Burts and Savoury...

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Mergers & Acquisitions in January 2019

It has been a great start to 2019 for the M&A sector, with a total of 205 transactions involving UK companies, according to Zephyr.   To start the year off strong, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd (“Takeda”) acquired UK-based biopharmaceutical manufacturing company Shire plc for £46 billion. The company started negotiations...

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