Family-owned businesses account for over half of UK M&A deals

News Team, 20/12/2021

The number of M&A deals for UK companies has jumped 54 percent in the past year, from 1,243 in 2019/20 to 1,911 in 2020/21 as the acquisition market for British businesses booms, according to new research from UK private wealth law firm Forsters.

Over the same period, the value of M&A deals for UK companie almost doubled from £146 billion in 2019/20 to £289 billion in 2020/21 (see graph below).

Despite the pandemic, the UK M&A market in the UK has been very busy over the last 12 months, with deals made for household names including supermarket group Morrisons, insurer RSA and outsourcer G4S.


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