Whilst it's hard to ignore the megadeals within the chemicals sector in recent months, it's clear that one of the key drivers of M&A is consistent across the full spectrum of deal sizes. 

As acquirers (particularly from emerging markets) seek growth, they are focused on targets which will add genuine value and act as a differentiator. 

High growth UK companies continue to be attractive to these acquirers due to their advanced technologies, innovative products and skilled employees. These specialist companies allow more commodity driven acquirers from emerging markets to increase margins and move further up the value chain.

The continued success of private UK businesses within the sector will lead to further deal activity in the mid-market over the coming months.