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Download the latest M&A review for FY 2023

As a key partner to the M&A and equity capital markets, Experian publishes regular reports on M&A activity in the UK. This is compiled using data from Experian MarketIQ, which reveals new layers of market insight by combining our global M&A database with comprehensive Companies House data and our market leading business, financial and risk databases. The reports cover UK M&A activity with commentary on trends and values in the market plus regional advisor league tables.

Experian MarketIQ is the essential market intelligence platform for any organisation or professional involved in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) or requiring direct access to comprehensive and high-quality business and financial data.

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Following a subdued opening to 2023 for UK M&A, reduced levels of corporate deal making persisted into the second half of the year, as uncertainties around interest rates and company valuations – along with continuing macro and geopolitical concerns – all weighed on the volume of announced transactions.

We recorded diminished activity across most of our key metrics year on year, with the total number of UK transactions, at 6,426, representing a decline of 12% from the 7,304 deals announced in 2022.

That said, there were some areas of growth, as deal makers took an increasingly creative and pragmatic approach to getting transactions over the line; we recorded an upturn in minority stake transactions, demergers and joint ventures along with – still – consistently strong buy-out activity.

The outlook for 2024 is cautiously optimistic. M&A remains a strategic priority for businesses, private equity dry powder is still at historically high levels and there is a healthy pipeline of transactions that were postponed last year due to market volatility. With the sense that the rise in inflation and interest rates may well have peaked, deal makers are increasingly able to take a longer-term view of the market and feel more comfortable in pushing forward with major investment decisions – raising hopes for an upturn in deal activity in the year to come.

Mergers and Acquisitions review – FY 2023

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