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Value of cross-border M&A activity at its highest in nearly two decades, figures reveal

New research documenting mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity involving UK companies has revealed that the value of cross-border activity involving British firms soared to a record high in the third quarter (Q3) of 2017.

According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 33 cross-border deals took place in Q3, with a total value of £51.1 billion – the highest figure on record since the second quarter (Q2) of the year 2000.

Overall, 163 acquisitions, mergers and disposals took place in Q3 of 2017, amounting to £86.4 billion – up drastically from the £33.2 billion recorded in the previous quarter.

The ONS described this increase as “sizeable”, but also noted that the breadth of deals was actually somewhat wider in Q2, with 241 transactions taking place in total.

Experts have also noted that high-value and cross-border deals bolstered M&A activity throughout Q3.

Specifically, the ONS’ figures reveal that a significant number of UK-based business were successful in taking over or acquiring overseas firms between July and September.

However, the figures also reveal that 58 domestic mergers and acquisitions took place, totalling £5.6 billion – up from the £4.7 billion recorded in Q2.

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