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Africa Saw 289 Deals in 2015, the Highest Volume Since 2007

After several years of steadily increasing M&A activity, dealmaking in Africa has catapulted the continent into the global marketplace, according to Mergermarket Deal Drivers Africa.

A steady increase in African deal flow and interest from overseas investors since the financial crisis points to the increasing maturity of African countries as a destination for M&A, reports Mergermarket Deal Drivers Africa, produced in collaboration with FBNQuest, Merrill Corporation and Control Risks. Total African deal volume in 2015 was buoyant at 290 deals, up 1% from the previous year, despite severe headwinds from a slowdown in the Chinese economy and currency woes in South Africa and Nigeria, the continent’s two largest M&A markets. Accordingly, deal value fell by 26% to US$27.3 billion in 2015, mostly due to a smaller number of big-ticket transactions on the continent. Find out which sectors landed the most deals, what countries have improved regulation and introduced greater transparency, thereby reducing obstacles to dealmaking, and where new investment came from in 2015.

What’s covered:

  • M&A trends by deal volume, value, size and sector from 2008 to 2015
  • In-depth survey of 100 M&A practitioners operating in Africa, analyzing dealmaking activities and trends
  • Spotlight on Nigeria and East Africa, both attractive markets for investors
  • Review of cyber-security in African M&A, in particular infrastructure improvements and increasing awareness around the need for data security

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