Record levels of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity looks set to continue for the rest of the year and into 2022.

For the third straight month in May, global M&A activity hit a record high, driven by low interest rates, rising equities and greater deal-making interest in sectors that have thrived during the pandemic.

The UK’s M&A activity was strengthened at the beginning of 2021 with concerns that Capital Gains Tax (CGT) was set for an increase in the government’s Budget in March. Many business owners accelerated plans to exit their businesses in order to lock in value, and while this risk never materialised, many commentators are predicting increases in CGT will be addressed in the Autumn Budget later this year, leading many business owners to continue to consider their business position.

If you’re looking to discuss your options, our detailed knowledge of the commercial, operational, tax and wider financial implications of M&A means we are perfectly placed to find the right answer for you and your business.

Feel free to get in touch with our Corporate Finance team on 01788 539000 and 0116 261 0061.


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