Dealmakers in Europe and Latin America have something to celebrate

The Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator is a unique predictive indicator of future M&A activity. When compared to actual deal volume reported by Thomson Reuters, the Intralinks DFI is a statistically reliable indicator of future deal activity about 6 months before deals are actually announced.


11 October 2013

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The Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator is a unique predictive indicator of future M&A activity. When compared to actual deal volume reported by Thomson Reuters, the Intralinks DFI is a statistically reliable indicator of future deal activity about 6 months before deals are actually announced. 

How we obtain our DFI data

We get the DFI data by tracking global sell-side mandates and deals reaching due diligence prior to public announcement – our market presence with the Intralinks Dealspace virtual data room (VDR) gives us a unique insight into future M&A activity.



Forecasts show strong, global deal flow through Q1 2014

YoY Global Deal Activity ChangeThe Q3 2013 Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator was announced yesterday and forecasts strong year-over-year gains in deal volume. Globally, there has now been four consecutive quarters of accelerating year-over-year growth in deal activity. But in Europe and Latin America, the data suggests continued strong performance through the first quarter of 2014.

Here’s a region-by-region snapshot of the Q3 2013 DFI results:

- North America
North America showed a 7 percent year-over-year increase in M&A activity. The quarter-over-quarter decrease of 8 percent followed an exceptionally strong previous quarter. A spate of large, international deals in Q3 will likely continue into 2014, driven by the US.

- Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)
Europe drove a spectacular 35 percent jump in EMEA year-over-year deal activity, with quarter-over-quarter growth up 1 percent following a strong previous quarter. All regions of EMEA showed double digit year-over-year gains. Germany has become very attractive for cross-border acquirers – the value of announced inbound M&A for the first 9 months of this year increased by 84 percent to $50bn compared to the same period last year, with 15 deals over $1bn for the first 9 months of this year versus 11 for the same period last year.

- Emerging Markets
Latin America deal volume grew by 21 percent year-over-year (2 percent quarter-over-quarter), while Asia Pacific grew 9 percent year-over-year (down 3 percent quarter-over-quarter). In both markets, local deal activity more than made up for a lowering of activity from large foreign corporates.



Matthew Porzio

Matthew Porzio

Matt Porzio joined Intralinks in 2003. As SVP Marketing & Strategic Business Development, he is responsible for managing and driving the strategic direction for Intralinks Dealspace including virtual data room and full deal lifecycle solutions for the M&A, Private Equity, Advisory, Corporate Development and Restructuring communities. Before joining Intralinks, he was a senior associate at Metzler, a German advisory firm, focused on cross-border M&A transactions.