The CEE region registered a healthy level of dealmaking at the start of the year but declined in March as the COVID-19 pandemic spread and M&A activity slowed across Europe. Although 1Q20 saw an 8.6% decrease in deal activity compared to the same period in 2019, with a total of 84 deals valued at €5.4bn, the region has weathered the storm relatively well so far in comparison with other parts of Europe.
There is cautious optimism from dealmakers that while activity in the short-term is likely to remain slow as deals are postponed, most deals are not expected to lapse. More resilient non-cyclical sectors such as energy, infrastructure and food are anticipated to boost activity as the situation potentially improves somewhat in 2H20. The region’s investor-friendly policies as well as low manufacturing costs and growing economies could lead to increased foreign investment, with China potentially becoming more active as it looks to pursue its Belt and Road Initiative.
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Join this live virtual briefing to hear from advisors in the CEE region tackling the challenges of the current dealmaking environment. Panellists will discuss:
The outlook for M&A in the CEE region
Which sectors are most likely to remain resilient in the face of continued uncertainty?
Inbound foreign investment targets
The role of private equity in 2H20
Potential restructurings in non-food retailing on the horizon
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