In a wholly unexpected consequence of the pandemic, mergers and acquisitions have become a hot topic. In early November 2021, the term “merger” hit 72% on Google’s Trends index, having skyrocketed to 96 in summer.
The trends are reflected in the state of the UK economy. According to the Office of National Statistics
, the value of domestic mergers and acquisitions (MA) shot up to £10.6 billion – up by more than £6 billion compared to Q1.
Indeed, UK takeovers hit an all-time high
in the first seven months of 2021, with names like the National Grid hitting the headlines. Reuters cited faster-than-predicted COVID recovery and reduced Brexit uncertainty as two contributing factors. But for all the optimism around this, M&As come with their fair share of perils.