Hi my name is Mike Hinchliffe, Head of Sales, Merrill Corporation. at Merrill Corporation. At Merrill, we are involved at some of the earliest stages of the deal process, and last year in EMEA we supported over 3,000 M&A deals across all sectors and values. We are happy to report that, despite significantly lower announced M&A volumes, across Europe Merrill has seen growth in projects so far this year compared to 2016. What’s more, our pipeline is up over 25 percent year on year.
Belgium has seen a large increase in projects against the same time last year, indicating a potential strengthening of the M&A market in the region.
Over the past few years the Belgium M&A market has remained flat in terms of volume of deals. This year has seen a reasonable start with a moderate increase in volume in Q1 2017 of 6% over the same period in 2017. Improving stability in Europe and general global macroeconomic stability are factors that could drive forward Belgium M&A activity.
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