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How is the Middle East and Africa deal space performing?

Merlin Piscitelli, Head of Sales, Merrill Corporation | July 28, 2017

Get the Merrill perspective on deal activity, volumes and value for the region.

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The Middle East is characterised by a small number of high profile deals. There are a lot of investments from the region targeting Europe, particularly from Sovereign Wealth Funds. These and other large deals tend to drive activity in the region. 2016 was a good year for the region with the value of M&A in the region sitting at a ten-year high.

The UAE has dominated deal volume and cross regional M&A for the region. The value of the M&A in the UAE increased 89% in 2016 and its volume by 38%.

In Saudi Arabia, the first quarter of the year only recorded 3 M&A transactions compared to two the previous year, these were significant transactions that were valued at $3bn

Key highlight for Middle Eastern deal making:

• H1 2016 Deal volume for Industrials and Financial Services topped the sector board for the region, exceeding H1 2016

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*Merrill sector breakdown
Energy: Energy, Mining Energy, Utilities (other). Industrials: Chemicals and materials. Industrial products and services, Industrial automation, Industrial: Electronics and Manufacturing (other). Consumer: Consumer: Retail, Consumer: Foods, Consumer: Other. Medical: Medical: Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology, Medical. Financial Services. Business Services: Services (other). Technology: Computer software, Computer: Semiconductors, Telecommunications: Carriers, Computer services, Computer: Hardware, Telecommunications: Hardware. Other: Real Estate, Leisure, Media, Transportation, Construction, Internet / ecommerce, Automotive, Agriculture, Defence, Other.


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