Tidy takeovers prevail as M&A activity picks up

Mergers and acquisitions may have been relatively thin on the ground over the last 18 months, but an increasing number are being structured through tax efficient ‘schemes of arrangement’.

According to figures from City law firm Trowers & Hamlins, 37% of all takeovers of UK listed companies in the last year (to December 2009) were structured through tax efficient “schemes of arrangement” compared to just 24% of all takeovers in the previous year.

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