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Shares in WS Atkins jumped 4 per cent on Friday morning, after Canada’s SNC-Lavalin confirmed plans to purchase the UK design consultancy in a £2.1bn deal after markets closed yesterday.

WS Atkins was one of the biggest risers on the Europe-wide Stoxx 600 index, with shares in the company climbing to £20.61 by publication time.

SNC-Lavalin said it will pay £20.80 per WS Atkins share, a 35 per cent premium to its undisturbed price.

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