The owners of even relatively small UK private companies can
increasingly expect to have international buyers knocking at their
doors – that is the conclusion of a new survey into the market for
cross-border deals with values of between €5m and
While Central and Eastern Europe are currently the areas of
greatest geographic interest for international buyers and
investors, the U.K. continues to stand out from the rest of Europe
as the country in which they do most deals.
67% of the corporate executives and private equity professionals in
the U.K., America, Continental Europe and Scandinavia who
contributed to the survey are predicting an increase in mid market
M & A activity – up from 55% when the survey was last
undertaken by deal intelligence provider Mergermarket in April this
Even better news for shareholders: 49% of respondents believe that
company valuations will increase over the next six months, with a
further 38% predicting that values will stay the same.
Jeremy Furniss, partner at Livingstone Guarantee, says: “This
survey is unique in its focus on the global mid-market and is in
fact the only research to draw comparisons between corporate
acquirers and the increasingly ambitious private equity
“The survey brings into sharp focus the factors that make
Global M & A such a powerful advisory proposition for major
corporates, private equity investors and successful entrepreneurs
who think that their companies may be of interest to overseas
buyers or backers”.
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Jeremy Furniss, partner
Tel: 020 7484 4703