Numis Study Reveals Institutional Investor and UK Corporates Attitudes to M&A in 2022.
"2021 was a very strong year for M&A activity in the UK and although the conflict in the Ukraine is inevitably creating a degree of uncertainty while some bidders and vendors take a wait and see approach, the M&A pipeline remains fairly active and we’ve seen a number of deals announced since the conflict started.
Our survey clearly shows that companies and institutional investors are broadly confident the trend will continue in 2022, as the pent-up appetite for dealmaking during the pandemic continues to unfold. There seems to be an increasing strategic imperative and confidence in the boardrooms of UK plc with respect to pursuing an M&A agenda. Whether that be to take advantage of market strengths or as a defensive necessity to adapt to new realities caused by technology, Brexit and the pandemic.
Most private equity firms have screened their targeted sectors and are ready to move swiftly should an actionable situation be identified or develop. On the other side, UK corporates are also looking for opportunities to solidify their market positions, hence the M&A market this year is likely to continue its momentum."
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