Thursday, 10 December 2015

Deals, deals of UK deals

Ping! Another email arrives containing a press release celebrating the fact that it's been a "record" year for global dealmaking. The latest missive comes from Deloitte, whose release is entitled:

Global M&A deal activity to top US $4 trillion this year, the highest value since 2007

I guess the bean counters round at Deloitte might be onto something. Yesterday, for example, it emerged Dow Chemical is in talks to combine with rival Du Pont as part of a $120 billion merger deal.

However, it does feel distinctly quieter back in old Blighty.

Yes, I admit, we have seen a couple of mega deals involving UK companies this year such as SAB Miller's £75 billion sale to Anheuser-Busch Inbev and Shell's £55 billion bid for BG Group. But the British dealmaking scene has definitely not been anywhere near as lively as the US M&A market.

Indeed, commentators, such as my old colleague James Quinn - now group business editor at The Daily Telegraph - are starting to pick up on this trend. Here is a link to Quinny's column from today's business section in the The Daily Telegraph:

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