Q1 2018 M&A regional snapshot: lacklustre dealmaking environment in Germany and the UK fails to dent European M&A growth
14 December 2017
According to the latest Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor report, early-stage M&A activity in Q3 2017 increased by 7 percent year-over-year (YOY) in Europe, the Middle East & Africa (EMEA). At the same time, according to data from Thomson Reuters and Intralinks’ own analysis, the number of announced M&A deals in EMEA in Q3 2017 rose by 1 percent. Based on this data, our independently verified predictive model forecasts that the number of announced M&A deals in EMEA in Q1 2018 is expected to increase by around 6 percent YOY.
This is despite the lacklustre performance of the UK and Germany, two of the region’s largest M&A markets. In Germany, the number of announced deals fell by 8 percent YOY during the first three quarters of 2017, and early-stage M&A activity declined by 10 percent in Q3. In the UK, early-stage M&A activity fell by 5 percent in Q3 2017. The rest of the region performed well, with double-digit increases in early-stage M&A activity in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Northern Europe, Spain and Italy.