City & Financial Global is delighted to announce the return of its highly regarded M&A Summit, taking place on 21 October. The last two post-COVID years have led to a pent-up demand for deal activity which was thwarted by uncertain economic conditions, rising inflation and higher interest rates. But has all that now changed? M&A involving a UK target is 84 per cent higher this year than it was during the same period in 2023, with the UK public to private market particularly active.  Interest rates have stabilised, inflation is falling, and less volatile markets make it easier for dealmakers to price deals and plan ahead.

PE has become the dominant source of deals, accounting for 42% of all transactions in 2023 by volume and 55% in terms of value. PE houses are keen to get back to business as usual and invest the funds that have built up in recent years.

Against this background, the M&A Summit will provide an invaluable opportunity to understand how you can capitalise on the anticipated surge in M&A activity. Featuring a stellar speaker panel, the Summit will address all the latest developments in the M&A landscape including:

  • The key factors influencing future M&A activity: how best to benefit
  • The impact of the geopolitical landscape: does it pose a risk or an opportunity for the M&A market?
  • Prospects for public vs private company M&A
  • The role of AI in the dealmaking process
  • Latest developments in the application of the Takeover Code to public M&A
  • The role of stewardship and shareholder activism
  • Valuation and due diligence
  • ESG considerations in M&A