Hi my name is Merlin Piscitelli, 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.
The Spanish and wider Southern European market for Merrill has seen a lot of growth this year, implying the M&A upswing will continue.
In 2016, the key factor driving the Spanish market was the rising size of deals in the region. This resulted in a 38% jump in the value of the M&A market despite volumes remaining steady. There has been a positive start to the year, with 11% more deals by volume in Q1 2017 versus the same time last year. There have also been some high-profile Spanish IPOs so far in 2017, which were amongst the largest listings globally for the period. Overall Spain seems to be heading in the right direction, driven by a strengthening in economic conditions and 2017 is looking to be a busy year for M&A.
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