John Stephan, BDO

Stars aligned for continued growth of UK ‘take-private’ deals, says BDO


By Paul Bryant – Research by BDO shows take-private deal value more than tripling in one year to GBP14 billion in 2018/19, up from GBP 3.7 billion the year before.

John Stephan (pictured), head of global M&A at BDO says that while much of the jump in total take-private deal value can be attributed to a handful of very large deals – such as Thoma Bravo’s acquisition of cyber security firm Sophos for USD 3.9 billion and the Apax-led consortium’s acquisition of telecoms company Immarsat for USD 3.3 billion – activity has also been healthy in the small and mid-market, with a dozen or so take-private deals announced in the last four months alone.

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