Irish outbound M&A hits the heights in 2014

Irish dealmakers are looking overseas for deals as business look for growth beyond borders.

William Fry’s new M&A Review reveals the various dimensions of Irish businesses’ international expansion

Outbound M&A rose to prominence in 2014, climbing to its highest point on record. As with other segments of M&A, increased confidence and a resurgent economy have seen Irish companies pursue growth overseas. One striking aspect of Irish outbound activity in 2014 was the prevalence of €500m-plus deals. There were eight such deals in 2014, making up 9% of Irish outbound activity, up from 7% in 2013, demonstrating that Irish businesses have the means and appetites to pursue growth globally.

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