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BCMS outperforms market in record year for company sales

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A flurry of SME acquisitions by some of the world’s top corporations has propelled UK mergers & acquisitions (M&A) activity to record levels in 2015, BCMS announced today.

  • 2015 was bumper year for Mergers & Acquisitions
  • UK market up 11%, BCMS up 26%
  • One in three acquisitions to overseas buyers
  • BCMS was world's leading seller of private companies for 2015 by deal volume

Specialist M&A advisor BCMS said deal activity was particularly intense at the SME end of the market, pointing to a 26% increase in its own deal volume. This compares to a wider UK market volume increase of 11% year-on-year.

BCMS CEO Steve Dally said: “The first thing to note is that cross-border activity is strong, with one in three of our clients acquired by overseas organisations, including the US, Germany, Canada, France and Spain, and further afield, such as Thailand and Pakistan.”

Big industry names have been particularly active in buying SMEs across the UK in 2015 – such as the sale of Coventry’s Global Insurance Management to French financial giant Axa – and the sheer spread of deals happening in all sectors to confirm the bumper year.

Last year was remarkable for the sheer variety of sectors showing enhanced activity. Our deal teams in the UK alone have completed transactions in sectors as diverse as forestry, pest control, water management and social care.

Steve Dally, CEO

Meanwhile, BCMS has retained pole position as the world's leading M&A advisor* to privately owned companies by deal volume – ahead of all the major names in corporate finance – according to the Zephyr database, as published by respected business intelligence provider Bureau Van Dijk.

* Source: BvD/Zephyr. Criteria Used: Time Period: 01/01/2015 - 31/12/2015 – Completed Deals; financial adviser to the target company; deal type includes acquisition; institutional buyout; MBO and MBI transaction; unlisted targets. Search date: 07/01/2015. 

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Posted Jan 2016
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