BDO predicts the number of transactions will
increase by the end of the year as a result of pricing stability,
increased lending and the UK national election.

According to BDO’s private equity price index
(PEPI), pricing stability has been improved by an increasing
availability of debt, while government pressure and a general
desire from banks to support existing relationships. This has
fuelled optimism amongst private equity buyers, BDO observed.

“It remains to be seen how quickly this flow
will increase but it’s clear that the last six months of the year
will see a significant increase in the number of transactions and
that clarity on the next Government, and their fiscal plans, will
provide the final catalyst for buyers and sellers coming to the
negotiating table,” BDO M&A partner Christopher Clark said.