RSM jumps to third place in national M&A rankings

RSM has jumped into third place in the 2016 Experian league table of the most active M&A advisers in the UK, up from fifth position in 2015.

In total, RSM advised on 132 deals in 2016, a 25 per cent rise on the previous year, missing out on the top spot by just two deals. 

In the UK regions, RSM was recognised as the most active adviser in the North West, taking second place in London, the South East, the South West, East of England, Yorkshire and Humber, and Scotland.

According to the Experian report, the level of merger and acquisition activity in the UK held up well in 2016 despite a turbulent year. In total, there were 7,155 transactions recorded during the year, representing a 2.2 per cent increase on 2015. 

Dealmaking was particularly strong at the lower end of the market with a 9 per cent upturn in the smaller deals segment and strong activity in the mid-market.

RSM’s M&A and private equity team advised on number of high profile deals during the year. These included the sale of craft beer business Camden Town Brewery to Anheuser-Busch InBev, and the majority sale of Direct Ferries, the world's largest ferry ticket aggregator, to middle market private equity firm LivingBridge.

Rob Donaldson, head of corporate finance at RSM said:

‘In the context of a 2 per cent rise in deal volumes overall, the fact that RSM outperformed the market with a 25 per cent increase  is a testament to the hard work of our teams across the country. It’s particularly pleasing to be ranked in first place in the North West and in second place in London, both regions in which there is intense competition.'

‘Despite the shock of the Brexit vote, dealmaking activity remained strong in 2016. With the current high level of interest among inward investors keen to take advantage of the favourable exchange rates, we are also optimistic about the year ahead.’