Deal Drivers: Nordics

A spotlight on M&A trends in H1 2020 and beyond

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  • As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe, the first half of 2020 marked a new low in Nordic M&A activity, with just €9.1bn spent across 384 deals as most of the region was forced into lockdown. This represented a huge 75% decrease in value and 281 fewer deals compared to the first six months in 2019, with 1Q20 marking the weakest quarter in activity since 3Q09.  However, there are signs of some cautious optimism in the market with activity slowly picking up pace since late April with Q2 generating €6.3bn across 160 deals, more than double that of Q1 which registered just €2.9bn.

    Both the Pharma, Medical and Biotech (PMB) and Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) sectors proved resilient in the face of this downturn and are expected to see increased interest as the dust settles in 2H20 and into 2021. The robustness of the technology industry should provide a boost for the Nordics, which has a long-established reputation as one of Europe’s most attractive hubs for technology assets.   

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    Join this live virtual briefing to hear from leading advisers in the Nordic region tackling the challenges of the current dealmaking environment. Panellists will discuss:

    • The outlook for M&A in the Nordic region in 2H20 and early 2021 – how will the region cope with potential future waves of COVID-19?
    • Private equity was hit hard in 1H20 – when will we see a rebound in activity?
    • Sector outlook: which will survive, which will thrive, which may not recover?
    • Cross-border challenges and the re-balancing between domestic and inbound activity
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