Cross-border transactions to boost the M&A Market in 2015

A recent survey suggests that circa 60% of UK companies are planning to acquire assets over the next 12 months, with the appetite for cross-border transactions at an all-time high.

In the biannual Capital Confidence Barometer survey, conducted by Ernst & Young, more than 1,600 executives took part and found that the deal market is “set to achieve new heights.”

Since 2014, UK deal values are up 33% and 81% of respondents said they expected their deal pipeline to see an increase over the course of the next 12 months. Intriguingly, almost 90% of companies suggested they had changed their M&A strategy as a result of the increase in deal activity throughout 2014.

Cross-border transactions are expected to drive the market in 2015, with 88% of executives targeting investment opportunities beyond their own borders. Along with the UK and US, the other top global destinations of choice include the Netherlands, Singapore and Malaysia.

This positive news for both the UK and US market shows confidence is growing throughout the global M&A industry, meaning there is no better time to think about your very own M&A strategy and securing your company’s future.

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