I would agree with the attached as it follows the JCK CF teams experience of increased deal activity (volume and value) in 2015 although we must always be careful with these statistics given the level of unreported deals in the lower mid market. I wonder what 2016 holds?
The volume of deals in the South East fell by 0.9 per cent during 2015 but their values soared by more than 300 per cent as the UK enjoyed the strongest year for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in eight years. The overall UK M&A market experienced its busiest year since 2007, with deal volumes rising by 10 per cent year-on-year to 6,532. The total value of deals was £433bn, the highest recorded since 2000's £576bn. Experian said deals at the smaller end of the market (between £500,000 and £10m) surged by 12 per cent to 1,960, while transactions worth in excess of £1bn jumped by 21.7 per cent to 56.