Optimism amongst dealmakers for the future of European M&A has faltered somewhat since last year. The past 12 months have seen a shift in sentiment in the M&A community and the beginning of a downturn in activity with M&A value down 22% year-on-year to €652.2bnaccording toCMS' European M&A Outlook published in cooperation with Mergermarket.
After several exuberant years in the European M&A markets; the party seems to be ending. Following a disappointing end to 2018, the worst half-yearly figure in five years, there’s some worry that dealmaking may continue to plummet.
During the first half of 2019, Benelux M&A totalled €16.9bn, down 27.6% from the previous year. Deal count declined to 349 from 397. We review the 5 trends set to define the next 6 months of dealmaking in Benelux.
Despite suffering its slowest start to a year since 2013, dealmakers at the tenth MergermarketNordicM&A and Private Equity Forum in Stockholm are confident that a strong year of Nordic M&A lies ahead, Hanna Gezelius and Jonathan Klonowski report.