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    KBS Corporate tops national deals leagues as it shrugs off Brexit concerns

    KBS Corporate tops national deals leagues as it shrugs off Brexit concerns


    KBS Corporate has topped two national corporate adviser league tables for the highest number of deals completed in the first half of 2016.
    KBS Corporate beat international accountants and investment banks including Rothschild, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers and BDO to secure the number one ranking in the Thomson Reuters Small Cap league of deals valued up to £50m.

    In the six months to June 30, KBS Corporate advised on 36 deals giving us the number one spot – up from our 11th place ranking in 2015.
    KBS Corporate also took the top spot alongside Rothschild in the Thomson Reuters league for Mid-Market deals valued up to £500m. This success saw us move up from our 17th place ranking in 2015.

    John Rigby, Managing Director, said: “We are both delighted and honoured to be named the UK’s most active dealmaker in the first half of 2016 having completed a large number of high quality small cap and mid-market deals with both UK and international buyers. We have invested heavily in both technology and recruiting high-calibre individuals and we anticipate an ever busier second half of 2016 despite concerns of Brexit.”
    Mr Rigby explained that businesses and investors have shrugged off concerns over the ‘out vote’ and acquirers are very much open for business in the deals market.

    In the week following the referendum, KBS Corporate successfully completed five deals across five different sectors, three of which were multi-million pound deals and none were affected by the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

    He said: “Our own market insight tells us that private equity and venture capital interest levels, PLC interest levels and general buyer activity feedback has been extremely positive – with the vast majority of buyers pursuing the exact same strategy as before the vote.
    “Also some of those buyers, namely overseas acquirers, are showing a positive attitude about their targets given the now effective price benefit in light of the recent currency fluctuations.

    “Whilst all the fine details are ironed out regarding the UK’s exit with the EU, we are naturally expecting a period of reflection. However, growth through acquisition will still remain the only way for many businesses to cultivate. Given the importance the UK has for worldwide business in general, we do not expect M&A activity to be affected. It is very much ‘business as usual’, especially here at KBS Corporate.”

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