Capstan advised on a cross-border acquisition by smart building technology specialist GIRA on their acquisition of Wandsworth Group, a manufacturer of switch ranges and emergency call systems for healthcare.
As UK-German trade appears to falter burgeoning UK-inbound M&A activity looks to buck this trend, according to the Department for International Trade. Since 2017 foreign direct investment in the form of M&A grew by more than 20%. In 2022 alone inward FDI is reported to have created over 84,000 new jobs in the UK, highlighting the positive ESG impact cross-border M&A can have on the domestic economy.
Statistically, Germany is the third biggest source of FDI after the US and India. Looking at German-speaking Europe combined (Capstan Capital’s second core market) this would make it the second most important investor into the UK overall. A great source of opportunities!