UK M&A market is “opportunistic” and “adaptable”

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18 March 2013

The M&A market in the UK may be different to the pre-recession years, but it is still strong according to a new report from NatWest.

The NatWest Guide to Business Growth, Acquisition and Succession Planning is a free tool for businesses.

David Ramsden, Head of Structured Finance for Commercial Banking at NatWest and RBS, says that despite the tough economic climate, business never stops and deals are still being done around the country at all levels, from large corporates to SMEs.

He said: “It is not about growth for growths sake. Businesses that are opportunistic and adaptable are the ones we see thriving despite the challenging economic conditions.

“Companies continue to position themselves favourably against the competition by making acquisitions. Others pass their legacies on to their teams through management buyouts. Still more are taking advantage of low interest rates in order to refinance minority shareholders or other debt.”

The guide contains articles on growth, exit strategy, ownership, financial and legal aspects, and the MBO.

Since 2004 NatWest has provided around £2billion of support for these kinds of projects.

David added: “This is real testament to how resilient and adaptable UK businesses are – especially independent businesses, now emerging as the engine of the economy.

“It is a real privilege to support British businesses in this way, and to contribute towards driving employment and growth of UK SMEs.

“At NatWest Structured Finance, we have a national team who provide specialist support for these transactions.

“I hope this guide will provide insight into these transactions, their challenges and ultimately some of the many successes we have shared with our customers.”

For more information and to download a copy of the report click here


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