Positive research coming out of the City points to strong structural drivers behind increased M&A activity, both within the UK and Worldwide.
Growing GDP and trade figures across the globe are leading to increased investor confidence and a corresponding rise in M&A activity, both cross-border and internally.
This is certainly borne out by the frequent contacts we have with CEOs, CFOs and Heads of M&A across multiple sectors, both domestic and international. Whilst perhaps more strategically driven in the mid-market than might previously have been the case in boom-times (and certainly not 'throwing' money around for its own sake): we are seeing a strong appetite for inorganic growth to complement underlying performance in both financial and operational terms.
Worldwide mergers and acquisition activity will hit $3.2 trillion (£2.4 trillion) in 2018, as dealmaking is lifted on a rising global economic tide, according to forecasts to be published today.