New data from Experian has revealed that the number of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) during the first six months of 2011 fell by 15% compared to the same period in 2010. Experian’s latest M&A and equity capital market (ECM) data has also revealed that the value of deals during HY11 increased – up 7% compared to HY10.
Highlights in the UK:
- The UK saw a 15% decrease in UK M&A and ECM transactions announced during HY11 compared to HY10 (from 2,316 deals in HY10 to 1,978 deals in HY11).
- A total of £101.8bn worth of transactions were announced in the UK in HY11, up 7% from the £95.6bn announced in HY10.
• Rothschild was the best performing financial advisor by volume with 46 deals, while Citigroup was the highest by value with deals worth a total of £23.3bn.
- DLA Piper advised on the highest number of transactions (53) in HY11, while the leading legal advisor by value was Linklaters with deals worth a total of £21.3bn.
Europe and the rest of the world:
- Europe saw a 28% decrease in European M&A and ECM transactions announced during HY11 with 4,377 deals compared to 6,040 transactions in HY10.
- The values of European transactions rose by over 18% compared to HY10 with £371.1bn recorded in HY11, up from £314.3bn worth of transactions announced in Europe in HY10.
- There was a UK element in 45% of all European transactions, up from 38% in HY10. In terms of value the UK consistently contributes around 30% of the European total each half year.
- The majority of the UK’s deals during HY11 were with the US, followed by Germany.
- In the US volumes were down in HY11 by 37%, while values were up by 20% compared to HY10.
- Asia-Pacific witnessed declines in both volume and value during HY11 by 17% and 12% respectively.