Mergers and acquisitions activity in the UK and globally is expected to remain strong in 2020, however we are witnessing a shift in motivations behind these deals. One of the driving factors behind acquisition activity across a number of sectors is the limited nature of the talent pool - particularly with regard to employees with specific technical skills and digital capabilities that allow businesses to develop transitional capabilities essential to compete within evolving industries. It is no surprise then to see businesses turning to M&A specifically to boost their talent pool in the face of these labour market pressures. Many are employing advanced analytics techniques to identify the best acquisition prospects.
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