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Horizons Issue 4 2020

05 November 2020

UK & Ireland: M&A activity at its lowest since 2009 but picking up as confidence builds

Welcome to Horizons Issue 4 2020 edition, in which BDO M&A professionals around the world present their insights on mid-market deal activity and trends.

After seven months of the world battling the COVID pandemic it was unsurprising to see the level of M&A Activity this quarter was at its lowest point since the recession in 2009. With
only 78 transactions reported in UK & Ireland, it is clear that companies were focussed on preserving cash and protecting their business as the corporate world scrambled to adapt
to the crisis and build resilience within their core business.

According to the BDO Heat Chart, there are 418 rumoured deals in UK & Ireland, a slight increase from previous quarter as confidence starts to build and opportunities are explored.

In issue 4 of 2020 we take a close look at an M&A world heavily impacted by COVID-19. There is also commentary on:

  • Global view – The beginning of the recovery in deal activity
  • Special feature – The value of Commercial Due Diligence in healthcare and Life Sciences
  • North America – M&A shows slight recovery
  • Latin America – M&A activity bounces back
  • Food & Drink Manufacturing – Resilient sector has plentiful growth opportunities through M&A  
  • Natural Resources – The need to have a clear narrative on Environmental, Social and Governance.


About BDO Horizons

Each quarter we analyse global mid-market deal activity across a number of major regions and selected sectors around the world; offering you a satellite view of how the M&A market is evolving – and where it appears to be heading.

It includes expert commentary on recent trends, predictions for the coming year and forecasts of sector activity through our heat chart which predicts the most active sectors for company sales. Whether you are active on the buy or sell side or just alert to the latest opportunities, Horizons will provide you with invaluable insights into where and why investment is flowing, giving you more of the mid-market knowledge and insight you need. 

In a global market of bewildering activity and endless choices, we provide some of the context necessary to navigate it.

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