Merrill Corporation

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Deal Drivers EMEA FY2019

In partnership with Mergermarket

The new Deal Drivers report reveals that 2019 M&A activity in EMEA slowed from the peaks experienced in past years. The drop is unsurprising, given geopolitical and economic headwinds across the region: trade disputes, Brexit uncertainty and slowing economies all affected M&A activity in 2019. However, activity did not fall apace with the severe drop experienced in 2H18. Notably:

  • The pharma, medical & biotech sector in Europe had another extraordinary year, with a 15% rise on 2018;
  • Europe’s industrials & chemicals sector outperformed the other sectors by winning 20% of all deal volume across Europe;
  • Bucking global trends, European consumer sector M&A was up 26% from 2018.
  • Total M&A deal value in MENA (ex Israel) was €107.2bn, equal to the cumulative total of the prior four years;
  • The Saudi Aramco-SABIC deal was the largest in the global chemical space, at €62.5bn.

Read the full report to learn more about M&A activity and trends in the region, including heat charts, adviser league tables and sector analysis.