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UK IT companies attracting US buyers

US interest in the thriving UK tech sector is fuelling a big increase in acquisitions of mid-market (sub-£1 billion) UK businesses by foreign players.

Buzzacott’s comparison of transaction levels in 2017 and 2009 shows an 86% rise in acquisitions of UK companies by US businesses and a 386% rise in acquisitions of UK tech companies specifically.

Of the 247 UK companies to have been bought by US businesses in 2017, almost one third (32.3%) were technology companies.

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