BDO East Anglia advises on £300m of transactions across six deals


BDO’s East Anglia team has advised on six deals with an aggregate value of more than £300m as M&A activity in the East Anglian region continues to accelerate.

The transactions have spanned UK & International trade, as well as strong levels of continued private equity investment.

The team has also reported an increase in the number of corporates working towards a stock market listing (IPO) with significant announcements expected in coming months.

John Gethen, M&A director at BDO in East Anglia, said: “The bounce back in activity that was seen in the second half of 2020 has continued into the first half of 2021 with deal volumes back to pre-pandemic levels and aggregate deal value continuing to grow with record amounts of cash being deployed.

“This trend shows no sign of slowing down. We are confident about ongoing M&A activity levels in the region and look forward to announcing more deals likely to transact in the remaining months of 2021 and into 2022.”

According to Experian, BDO was the most active M&A advisor by volume of transactions in the first half of 2021 completing a total of 138 transactions nationwide.

East Anglian transactions include the recent investment by Livingbridge into Cambridge based technology business RealVNC, the MBO of Norfolk based packaging business Southgate Global backed by Rutland Partners, the sale of Suffolk based GAH to Swedish technology investor Sdiptech and the sale of Ipswich based BDK Industrial Products to Bregal backed ATP Adhesive Systems.