The chemicals sector continues to see a buoyant M&A landscape, with strong deal activity across the full spectrum of deal sizes. 

Our Global Head of Chemicals, Bernd Schneider, mentions the growing importance of Chinese acquirers within this article. This has been seen within the UK over the last twelve months with Lianhetech's acquisition of Fine Industries, the Middlesbrough- based contract manufacturer. 

However, as the UK continues to establish itself as a global leader within speciality chemicals, it's not just Chinese acquirers that are actively looking for UK targets. We have seen corporates from across the globe (including the USA, Mexico, India, Germany and France) acquiring UK companies within recent months, attracted by the UK's reputation for innovation, a highly-skilled workforce and high-quality products.

There is no sign of a slowdown and I expect to see continued deal activity within the UK throughout 2018.