RSM has been named the most active M&A financial adviser in the south east in the first half of 2017.
In total, RSM’s corporate finance team has helped to close 12 deals across the south east in the first half, with the firm retaining its top spot in the region for the second year running.
The figures, compiled by Experian, reveal that there were 446 M&A deals in the south east in the first half of the year, a fall of 24 per cent on the 585 transactions recorded for the same period last year.
Manufacturing was the main industry involved in transactions (127 deals), followed by infocomms (122 deals) and professional services (103 transactions).
The fall in M&A deals in the region reflected the national picture which saw deal volumes decline by 14 per cent against the same period last year.
Kirsty Sandwell, RSM’s head of corporate finance in the south east said:
‘There has been a marked downturn in deal volumes across the south east reflecting a general decline nationally. Deal levels across the region were at their lowest level since 2014, although volumes remained above the levels seen between 2009 and 2013. On a brighter note, the value of deals increased suggesting there is still a strong desire to proceed with strategically important transactions.’