Latest Deal Statistics Highlight The Importance Of Inward Investment Figures Support International Trends Identified At Irwin Mitchell 16.01.2013 A local dealmaker has pointed to the importance of maintaining investment in a skilled workforce, high speed transport links and regulatory incentives, following statistics published by Mergermarket which reveal that 70% of all UK M&A activity in 2012 came from foreign investments. The statistics show that foreign investments added up to £57.1bn last year - the highest annual value since £74.8bn in 2008. Overall UK M&A totalled £80.6bn in 2012, up 5.1 per cent compared with 2011, and accounted for 18.6 per cent of total European deal activity. UK cross-border outbound activity in amounted to £43.1bn, down by a third compared to 2011, recording its lowest value since 2009. The fourth quarter figure of £14.3bn however marked a third consecutive quarterly rise, up from £6.5bn in the first quarter of 2012. Matt Ainsworth, Corporate Partner at the Sheffield office of Irwin Mitchell, said: “These figures come as no surprise and yet again show how important inward investment is to the UK economy. “At Irwin Mitchell we have, in recent years, seen a significant amount of M&A activity with foreign companies in the Yorkshire region, particularly from the US. It is important that focus is given to maintaining and improving local skilled workforces, high-speed transport links and regulatory incentives to ensure that we remain competitive and continue to attract and increase these levels of investment going forward.” Press contact Dave Grimshaw Press Officer 0114 274 4397 Email Dave Tags Corporate Mergers And Acquisitions Sheffield Matt Ainsworth Related articles 20.03.2019Government Issues Recommendation for Leasehold Reform 15.03.2019Irwin Mitchell Recruits Hundreds Of Volunteers For Red Nose Day 2019 15.03.2019Irwin Mitchell Scoops Hat-trick At Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 13.03.2019Sheffield City Region Launches Global Innovation Corridor At MIPIM 2019 08.03.2019Irwin Mitchell Launches Women in Law Timeline 05.03.2019Does A Rest Break At Work Have To Be Continuous?