Moore Barlow completes strong year for dealmaking activity against challenging backdrop

  • Deals worth £777 million were completed in 2022, with the corporate team advising on almost two deals a week over the 12-month period
  • The business focused on supporting transactions in Technology, Media and Telecoms, Industrials and Manufacturing and Real Estate, comprising more than 60 transactions at a combined value of £668 million

Moore Barlow’s corporate team completed a strong period of deal making in 2022 despite economic headwinds creating a challenging environment for M&A activity across the UK economy.

The law firm advised on deals worth a combined value of £777 million over the period, completing an average of almost two transactions a week.

Led by corporate partner Jeremy Over, the team was active in a range of sectors including Technology, Media and Telecoms, Industrials and Manufacturing and Real Estate, advising on more than 60 transactions at a value of £668 million across those sectors.

Deals included Southern Communications Group’s acquisition of Woodbridge-based cloud telephony specialist, X-on, to extend its foothold in the primary care communications market, and Bournemouth-headquartered 4Com Technologies buy-out of Midshire Telecom – 4Com’s first acquisition in its 23-year history – in the first half of 2022. 

This was followed by the business advising Windsor-based data, security and cloud technology consultancy, Spinnakar, on its sale to US-based Wayside Technology Group and the purchase of the former headquarters of Virgin Group by Surrey-based investment firm Sixpenny Group.

“The volume and scale of the deals our teams have supported over the last 12 months showcase the ambitions of management teams and business owners to grow their businesses despite the challenging economic headwinds impacting our economy. Higher interest rates coupled with an inflationary environment is making it more challenging to execute transactions but we continue to see plenty of dealmaking opportunities for the right businesses in the current marketplace and we look forward to continuing to support our clients into 2023 and beyond.”

Jeremy Over, corporate partner at Moore Barlow

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