In the last 12 months, a total of $60.5 billion worth of UK businesses were sold, which is the highest value of sales in any 12-month period since records began in 2000, according to Dealogic. This rush to sell coincides with the opening of the IPO window and firms wanting to cash in on the high UK business prices.
"We've got the exit market that everyone has talked about for the past decade as potentially existing –where you have the ability to exit by IPO, private equity or trade sale being in full flow," said partner Ian Bagshaw. “Those three potential options have been talked about for years, but it now feels very real in all sell-side processes. The exit routes are probably at their broadest since the crash."