Market Tracker Trend Report: Analysis of trends in UK public M&A deals in 2014

Market Tracker Trend Report: Analysis of trends in UK public M&A deals in 2014

Importantly, 2014 saw a greatly increased deal flow, with 29% more firm offers announced compared with 2013. Even more significantly, aggregate deal values were over 500% greater than in 2013, with a big upsurge in deal values in the second half of the year. Bidder certainty also improved in 2014, with 25% more offer periods commencing with a firm offer announcement than in 2013. These are clear indicators that the public M&A market is recovering and this positive momentum is expected to continue into 2015.

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Sophie Gould is the Head of Lexis®PSL In-house. Sophie worked as an in-house lawyer for 10 years including seven years as Head of Legal for Virgin Radio and Ginger Media Group. She has also run a legal risk and compliance training business.

 

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