Public M&A

4 sectors expected to reignite CEE M&A under “new normal” conditions

Regional dealmakers remain cautious about the prospects of an M&A recovery in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Nonetheless, in spite of fears surrounding a second wave of the pandemic, activity is reigniting in selected sectors, albeit under "new normal" conditions.

Dealcast: Covid-19 and healthcare M&A

No sector is closer than healthcare to the front-lines of the covid-19 pandemic.

Not only is the pandemic shaking up businesses in the sector, it is creating opportunities for dealmaking. Indeed, Thermo Fisher’s [NYSE:TMO] proposed takeover of diagnostics firm Qiagen [NYSE:QGEN] shows how the crisis can make the case for M&A.

In this week’s podcast, Mergermarket healthcare editor Mintoi Chessa-Florea, Mergermarket healthcare reporter Davide Salvi and Dealreporter analyst William Cain join us to discuss the sector. At issue are: pre-covid-19 M&A trends, the effect of the pandemic on business cases, the effect of the pandemic on M&A and ECM, and the outlook for Qiagen/Thermo Fisher.

Tipping Point: Learning Good Habits in Bad Times

US asset and wealth management M&A saw a significant uptick before the coronavirus pandemic, fueled in part by aging registered investment advisors looking to sell at high valuations amid a booming stock market. While current volatility has put the brakes on activity, some deals are still getting done and the longer term prospects look healthy, notably driven by strong interest from private equity. Raymond James’ Liz and Peter Nesvold recently joined host Tom Cane to discuss the unfolding landscape for the sector. It's a time for companies to learn good habits in bad times and position themselves for future opportunities. According to Mergermarket data, Raymond James has been one of the most active investment banks in the field, with recent deals including advising Stratos Wealth Holdings on a strategic minority investment from Emigrant Partners.

5 reasons why dealmakers are cautiously optimistic about CEE activity during the coronavirus crisis

The CEE region saw a healthy level of dealmaking prior to the outbreak of coronavirus, but saw a fall in March as M&A across Europe began to slow. The region saw a clear decline by value, although fared better than other parts of Europe, while the deal count fell to its lowest point in several years.

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