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25 February 2022

FPM Reports Record Year in Deal Activity

Working with a diverse range of sectors, FPM’s Corporate Finance team delivered exceptional results in 2021, providing transaction assistance to deals with a combined total value in excess of £190m for leading brands and growth economy.

This represents the HIGHEST deal value in the firm’s 30 year track record in the mid-market segments across the island of Ireland, North and South.

The team has a proven track record of delivering creative deal strategies, structured around the unique needs of each client, hundreds of times over—from corporate clients to family businesses. Testament to their success, the team are recognised as market leaders in transaction services and as a result,  secured the inaugural Transaction Services Team of the Year Award at last year’s Insider Northern Ireland Dealmaker Awards.

Furthermore, FPM was recently shortlisted for a second consecutive year by the Insider Northern Ireland Dealmaker Awards 2022, for Transaction Services Team of the Year, as well as Deal of the Year. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 3 March 2022.

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A once-in-a-generation opportunity for companies to make acquisitions or sell

Transactions are currently at record levels as companies take advantage of deal making opportunities, says FPM Director MALACHY McLERNON.


Merger and acquisition activity accelerated last year as businesses reset their strategies following two years of intense disruption. Globally, deals in excess of $5 trillion were reported with new customer habits, digital transformation and availability of capital contributing to a record-breaking year.


“Despite risks ranging from potential new Covid-19 variants to supply chain issues, high inflation, interest rate hikes and political uncertainty, deal activity is extremely buoyant,” says FPM Director Malachy McLernon.

“Well-capitalised businesses are taking advantage of opportunities to consolidate their market position while proactive companies are bringing on board new skills to enhance their product or service offering.”

“2021 was an incredible year for the transaction services team. Not only did we achieve a record year of deal activity, but to also be awarded the 2021 Insider Media ‘Transaction Services Team of the Year’ award was a great honour. It wouldn’t be possible without our great team at FPM who remain driven and excited to see what comes in 2022!” Ashok Thomas FPM Corporate Finance Lead

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Planning to sell

For owners who have a significant part of their net worth tied up in their business, a full or partial sale can be an effective way to liquidate, cash out and de-risk their assets. An abundance of available capital and cheap financing in the current market has resulted in soaring valuations.

Sales process

Companies that anticipate entering into transactions, whether buying or selling, should begin planning now,” says FPM Senior Manager Ashok Thomas.

“Evaluating options, reviewing the business and streamlining operations for a change in ownership can be a long and complex process—it is critical to start having those conversations early,” says Ashok.


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Ashok Thomas / Corporate Finance Lead

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