Hi my name is Mike Hinchliffe, Head of Sales, 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.
Our partners at Mergermarket reported that the CEE region had a mixed start to the year, with deal value increasing by 27% to €3.9 billion. However, the volume of deals in the region fell from 139 Q1 2016 to 91 this year. There have been fewer deals so far this year, but the average value has increased. The largest sector was the consumer sector, perhaps driven by some of the booming economies in the region.
Poland is the largest country in the CEE region in terms of M&A. This year has got off to a robust start with the M&A market in Q1 seeing a 58% increase in value over the same period in 2016. Poland has benefited from strong economic growth and the government is driving investment in the region. Government driven deals have played a big part in the region and are expected to continue to drive activity in the future.
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