The corporate finance team at RSM has been named as the most active M&A financial advisers in the South East for H1 FY21.
According to the latest Experian data for the half year, RSM’s 36 completed deals was the most of any group in the area.
In total, the division advised on 99 deals throughout England, with 29 taking place in London and 27 in the Midlands.
Experian reported a 16% year-on-year rise in transactions to 3,385 during the period as low interest rates, economic confidence, and pent up demand signalled an upturn in the UK M&A market.
Kirsty Sandwell, partner and head of corporate finance at RSM, said: “While the pandemic forced many businesses to readjust their strategy, these results show businesses are sticking to investment plans despite the restrictions we were all under in H1.
“Technology, infrastructure and businesses who have benefited from government spend exceeded expectations, private equity liquidity and the threat of capital gains tax increases has also driven activity.”
She added: “The tech and infocomms sector is likely to remain a key driver of growth in the year, serving the digital acceleration sparked by the pandemic.
“Looking at the transactional activity as a predictor of business sentiment, it suggests a real opportunity for middle market businesses.”