There is no doubt that UK deal-making is affected by the Covid-19 outbreak, but impressive M&A deals were still made in January. The acquisition of Willis Towers Watson by AON resulted in the single-biggest UK deal thus far in 2020 and created the largest international insurance broker; the €5.5bn sale of student accommodation provider iQ to US-based PE firm Blackstone was the second largest of the quarter, and the largest inbound cross-border deal; Pennon Group, one of the largest environmental infrastructure groups in the UK, bought Virido, one of the UK’s leading recycling and residual waste businesses, for €4,555m.
What does the future hold for the UK M&A deals? After almost two months of lockdown, we want to look forward and start the conversation.
The global span and duration of the pandemic’s spread, the UK’s exit strategy, questions over how long social distancing measures will remain in place, and how well the UK government’s job retention scheme will work are some of the factors that will influence the future of UK M&A. The UK’s open and interconnected economy also means its M&A outlook is closely linked to the global economic recovery.
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No one has a crystal ball, but you can join a leading advisory panel and ask that burning question in your mind at the live broadcasting discussing:
- The UK M&A outlook for Q2 2020 and beyond
- Review of Q1 UK M&A data and deal-making trends
- How UK private equity firms are reacting to the Covid-19 pandemic so far
- Sector analysis in the context of the new macro trends such as hygiene awareness and home working
- Government policy & regulatory changes and their impacts on M&A activities
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