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EMEA Deal Drivers in 2018 (Full Year Report)

This exclusive and comprehensive report presents an in-depth review of all M&A activities across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (EMEA), with analyses of specific geographical regions and market sectors. It also identifies key trends set to develop over the course of 2019.

The report key highlights include:

  • 2018 saw uneven progress for M&A, with a number of large deals in H1 followed by the worst H2 deal value since 2013. Nevertheless, annual total deal value was up 12% year-on-year to €837.9bn.
  • The TMT sector led the way last year, with total deal value jumping 175% year-on-year to €169.2bn. This was driven by significant transactions, with four of the top 20 largest European deals of the year being TMT deals.
  • Transatlantic deal values and volumes were down 29% with Private equity continued to thrive in 2018, with record-high levels of dry powder driving activity. Europe saw buyout deal value reach its highest point this decade, at €170bn.
  • Challenges in 2019 for the coming year reflect those of 2018, including increasing protectionism, US-China trade wars and tariffs and uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

Discover all the top deals, regional trends and future insights in this exclusive report.