Global information services company Experian has revealed that, during the first six months of 2011, the UK registered 15% fewer mergers and acquisitions than during the previous six months.
The company found, however, that the value of deals rose by 7% between 2010 and 2011. These figures are in line with general global M&A trends.
The same pattern can be seen in Europe, where the volume of M&A went down by 28% but value rose by 18%. In the US, this trend is even more noticeable. Quantity decreased and prices went up, by -37% and 20% respectively.
The only region that shows different market behaviour is Asia-Pacific, where both the value of transactions and the quantity of M&A showed a decline.
These figures suggest that investors may still be very cautious when it comes to dealing with insolvencies, and that they may be willing to pay a higher price in order to avoid unwanted risks.