Europe, Middle East & Africa M&A Regional Snapshot: Are Politics the Problem in EMEA?
6 September 2017
Following the twin shocks in 2016 of the UK’s Brexit vote to leave the EU and the election of US President Donald Trump, dealmakers may have thought they were due a rest from political excitement. But in Europe, 2017 will be remembered as the year of the elections, with the three largest European economies (Germany, the UK and France) all holding polls. So how is the year of the elections impacting European M&A?
According to the latest Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor report, early-stage M&A activity in Europe and the Middle East & Africa (EMEA) increased by 9% year-over-year (YOY) in Q2 2017. At the same time, according to data from Thomson Reuters and Intralinks’ analysis, the number of announced M&A deals in EMEA in Q2 2017 declined by 6% YOY, confirming EMEA as the worst performing region for the number of announced M&A deals in 2017 to date.