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Dealcast: Vertical farming grows up

Could tomorrow’s groceries come from a lab? Today’s vertical-farming startups aim to grow food in tightly controlled indoor stacks, solving a host of problems – blight, water wastage and a shortage of land – at once. Leading the way are such firms as the UK’s Intelligent Growth Solutions, Belgium’s Urban Crop Solutions and Italy’s Planet Farms, all of which featured in recent Mergermarket coverage of the space. Their expansion already offers an investment opportunity for venture capital and private equity, and some early pacesetters, such as Finland’s Netled, are eyeing public listings. Mergermarket’s Barbara Pianese joined us to talk about this intersection of grocery retail, tech and agriculture.

Sofia Okun M&A Reporter, Dealreporter

Swiss dealmakers confident about strong M&A activity while preparing for political, economic risks

Dealmakers in Switzerland remain confident of a strong deal flow sustained by high levels of dry-powder but are starting to take a more cautious approach and conduct more case-by-case assessments of economic and political risks on planned acquisitions, panellists said during the Swiss M&A and Private Equity Forum on 24th October.

Saudi Arabia sees highest deal value on record at USD 72.5 billion

Mergermarket, the leading provider of M&A data and intelligence, has today released research showing that Saudi Arabia saw a jump in M&A volume and value (14 deals worth USD 72.6bn) during the first half of 2019, due to the blockbuster USD 70bn SABIC deal announced in 1Q19, the region’s highest value deal on record and the second largest industrials and chemicals deal globally.