North West cements M&A ranking in Berg report – 06/03/12

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Berg has compiled a report on M&A activity, which cements the North West’s position as the most active region outside of London for M&As in the lower mid-market during 2011.

Berg’s M&A Barometer, based on research by Experian Corpfin and which measures M&A activity within the £2m to £10m deal value bracket, shows that the North West extended the gap on its nearest regional rivals by increasing its share of M&A activity from
9% in 2010 to 14% in 2011.

The region recorded 29 transactions in 2011, up from 23 in 2010, with deal values also increasing from £106m to £130m over the same period.

With 87 transactions, London was the most active region, and bagged 43% of the deals, valued at £418m.

Professional and business services accounted for the majority of transactions within the lower mid-market, taking over from manufacturing.

Stephen Foster, partner and head of corporate at Berg said "the North West capitalised on London’s drop in deal market share and consolidated its position as the most active region for lower mid-market activity. Although the economic woes in Europe and the
wider financial sector continue, the appetite to export and take advantage of demand from emerging markets has bolstered manufacturing. However, particularly on the back of the onset of Alternative Business Structures legislation in the legal sector, it appears
that professional services businesses caught the interest of acquirers."

"With the North West and West Midlands being the UK’s manufacturing hubs, but also major professional services centres, it is no surprise that they are now the leading driver for M&A activity outside London."

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