Large transactions were few and far between in the first quarter of the year in the Benelux region. M&A recorded its lowest quarterly value since 2014 following the slowdown in global dealmaking due to the outbreak of COVID-19. However, cross-border activity from US and Chinese transactions boosted deal activity, with 153 transactions worth EUR 4.4bn during 1Q20.
Belgium has reported one of the highest death rates from the Coronavirus pandemic in Europe. M&A has not been high on government agendas, but as the Benelux region plans its way out of lockdown, key changes from the European Commission in legislation to allow companies that receive recapitalisation aid to engage in limited M&A activity when it comes to upstream suppliers could encourage more deal activity and help stimulate economies.
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Join this live virtual briefing to hear from advisors in the Benelux region tackling the challenges of the current dealmaking environment. Panellists will discuss:
- The outlook for M&A in the Benelux region
- State aid and government intervention, with a focus on airlines
- Companies changing strategy, BMS producing medical face masks
- Private equity activity had dipped during Q1, what will the role of private equity be going forward?
- Potential restructurings on the horizon
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