RSM tops south west league of M&A advisers

RSM has topped the league as the most active M&A adviser in the south west, clocking up 14 deals in the first half of this year, six ahead of its closest rival.

RSM’s top place ranking in Experian’s half yearly M&A review places the firm ahead of both regional and national competitors.

The report found that deal activity in the south west area rose slightly in the first half of 2016. During this period, there were 267 transactions across the region, a rise of 4.3 per cent on the 256 deals recorded in the same period last year.

The total value of south west deals was £3.08bn, down 15 per cent from £3.6bn in the first half of 2015.

The majority of deals in the south west in the first half were in the manufacturing sector with 80 transactions totalling some £1.7bn.
While small (£0.5m to £10m) and large (£100m - £1bn) deal volumes declined in both volume and value terms, mid-market deal activity rose sharply, with 31 deals reported, up 55 per cent from the same period last year.

Ian Wherry, corporate finance partner at RSM in Bristol said:

‘The volume of M&A deals in the south west in the first half of the year has been robust, and we are delighted to have been able to advise on more deals than anyone else. Given the impact of Brexit, the outlook for the second half of this year is more uncertain but there are still many interesting opportunities for acquisitive clients, both from inside and outside the UK.’