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UK dealmakers expect volumes to rise in 2022

Record-level deal activity in 2021 and the associated resource strain may mean dealmakers will turn away or delay deals in 2022, though many expect to circumvent the issue by using more technology. 

Record-level deal activity in 2021 and the associated resource strain may mean dealmakers will turn away or delay deals in 2022, though many expect to circumvent the issue by using more technology. 

That’s according to a new survey of 200 UK-based dealmakers by Datasite, a SaaS-based technology provider for global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) professionals. 
 
Almost half (43 per cent) of UK dealmakers surveyed expect global deal volumes to increase in the next 12 months, supported by favourable interest rates and private equity cash piles. The top three transactions that respondents expect to see more of in 2022 are restructurings (13 per cent), refinancing and debt-financings (11 per cent) and fundraisings (10 per cent).
 
Additionally, UK dealmakers will be looking for M&A opportunities abroad. More than a quarter (26 per cent) of dealmakers said they expect between 25 per cent to 50 per cent of their 2022 M&A deals to involve acquiring or investing in targets operating in foreign markets. 

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