2021 has been an incredibly busy year for FinTech M&A and investment activity in the U.K. and Europe. In the first half of 2021, U.K. FinTech companies attracted some £24.5 billion of investment (coming second only to their U.S. counterparts), while the European FinTech businesses raised €10.4 billion, surpassing the total amount of FinTech investment in Europe in 2019.

Shearman & Sterling recently teamed up with FinTech advisor and incubator, Rise created by Barclays, and premier market data provider, S&P Global Market Intelligence, to produce a global FinTech M&A report—The Changing FinTech Landscape–A Snapshot of M&A Themes and Trends.

Off the back of that report, we have analyzed the key drivers and trends for FinTech M&A in the U.K and Europe. As the remainder of 2021 and the start of 2022 are poised to hit new highs, we outline here how some of the key FinTech M&A drivers and trends that have driven global activity have also done so in the U.K. and Europe. 

Click here to read more of our analysis of U.K. and European FinTech M&A.