"Q1 deals subdued as Brexit talks drag on" says The Bishop

As the politicians continue to go round in circles with talks of a Brextension, the uncertainty is filtering into the M&A industry which relies on confidence and clarity. The Bishopsgate deal makers are working on a record number of mandates but this is against a backdrop of subdued dealmaking with many transactions “on ice” pending clarity from Parliament.

According to Experian, a total of 197 deals were completed in the Midlands in Q1 almost 18 per cent lower than 2018’s total for the period of 239 and the lowest level since 2014.

Manufacturing was the Midlands’ busiest industry, having featured in 63 deals – 32 per cent of all announced transactions, whilst the second busiest industry was professional services with 48 announced deals.

The percentage of deals funded by private equity increased marginally on the previous year with 14 per cent or 35 deals having been funded by PE.

Looking forward to the rest of the year, the Bishop expects a significant bounce in M&A activity as soon as the political fog clears.

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Bishopsgate Team going for the double!


The team at Bishopsgate are thrilled to have been shortlisted for two awards at the upcoming 2019 East Midlands Dealmaker Awards.

James McBain Allan commented “I’m thrilled for the team to have been recognised for the hard work over the last year. We have delivered a record year, moved into our new premises and continue to support the fantastic East Midlands business community .”

The awards include:

  1. Corporate Finance Team of the Year

  2. Young Dealmaker of the Year (James McBain Allan)


Tom Spencer (Managing Partner at BCF Equity Partners, a sister company) has also been nominated for Dealmaker of the Year.