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US deal value in UK jumps over 50 per cent as PE groups exploit depressed valuations

US deal value in UK jumps over 50 per cent as PE groups exploit depressed valuations

Global law firm Mayer Brown has found that the total annual value of acquisitions of UK companies by US private equity funds jumped 53 per cent last year to GBP14.2 billion; up from GBP9.3 billion in 2018. It is the latest sign of favourable market economics in the UK, which has seen a widening valuation gap relative to European listed equities as the country has convulsed from the vacillations of Brexit.