Jeff Zindani examines a recent rise in firms’ mergers & acquisitions

Our in-depth survey of 100 UK firms found nearly half are considering mergers and acquisitions, indicating firms feel they need to move faster than organic growth allows.

A total of 47 of the 100 firms interviewed said they were considering M&A, nearly a quarter were already in talks about a possible deal– and a further 57 per cent were “actively” seeking it. The remaining 20 per cent were at the early stages of the strategy and had not acted on it yet.

These findings are borne out by the M&A boom currently underway across the legal sector. Recent weeks have seen a number of deals being announced – Shakespeare Martineau’s proposed merger with Mayo Wynne Baxter and Weightman’s planne...

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