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21 April 2017

Value of Europe-UK M&A deals ‘surges’

The value of merger and acquisition (M&A) deals involving the rest of Europe and the UK has trebled, new research shows, suggesting Brexit jitters are starting to ease.

During the first quarter of the year, the value of these deals climbed to $13.2 billion, from $4.2 billion in the same period of 2016, Deloitte has reported.

Despite this, it noted that deal volumes were 11% lower, at 188 compared to 212.

The accountancy group said fewer British chief financial officers (CFOs) now expect M&A activity to decline over the coming three years. During the first quarter, only 11% voiced this concern, compared to 40% immediately after the Brexit vote.

Iain Macmillan from Deloitte said it appears that deal-makers are becoming more accustomed to uncertainty.

He added: " The data shows they are prepared to make bold moves through M&A, rather than wait and watch how the negotiations play out. This shift in attitude is reflected in our latest CFO survey, where only one in 10 CFOs now feel M&A will be slowed down by Brexit."

He said M&A relations between the UK and Europe are likely to "remain busy" over the course of 2017. 

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