RSM climbs to 2nd place in annual M&A rankings

Leading audit, tax and consulting firm RSM has climbed to second place in the 2017 Experian league table of the most active M&A advisers in the UK, up from third position in 2016.

The second place ranking is the firm’s highest position in the national league table to date. In total, RSM advised on 145 deals in 2017, a 10 per cent rise on the previous year. 

In the UK regions, RSM was recognised as the most active adviser in the South East and the North West. The firm also clinched the third spot in Scotland and in the Midlands.

According to the Experian report, UK M&A activity fell slightly in 2017. In total, there were 7,046 transactions, down by 5.5 per cent on the previous year. Meanwhile, the total value of UK M&A reached £270bn, a small decline from 2016’s figures when £289bn of deals were recorded.

RSM’s corporate finance team advised on a number of high profile deals during the year. These included the £200m IPO of women’s fashion brand Quiz, the management buyout of Blackstar Amplification from the Foresight Group and Channel 4’s investment in TV production company Firecrest Limited.

Rob Donaldson, head of corporate finance at RSM said:

‘Despite the geopolitical uncertainties globally and the additional challenges created by the interminable Brexit process it’s pleasing to see another year of growth for our M&A business.  Well-presented businesses continue to attract strong interest from domestic, international and financial buyers and investors. RSM have outperformed in a declining market. If you prepare well, great deals can still be done.'