Q4 2018 ‘Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor’: Europe, Middle East and Africa Close 2018 on YOY Plateau

9 August 2018


The Q4 2018 edition of the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor has just been released — and for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), it predicts flat year-over-year (YOY) growth in the number of announced mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deals for 2H 2018. The range is -5 to 5 percent.

According to our predictive model, sub-Saharan Africa, Northern Europe and Eastern Europe are expected to be the strongest contributors to EMEA’s growth in M&A announcements over the next six months, led by the Real Estate, Materials and Industrials sectors.

France, Italy and the U.K. are expected to show the highest increases in M&A deals for this period, with only modest growth in Germany and a decline in Spain.

Globally, announced M&A deals will also be ending the year on a new high from a record Q3, according to an analysis of data from Thomson Reuters and Intralinks. A strong global economy, low interest rates and capital-flush private equity (PE) firms competing with deal-hungry corporate acquirers are helping to boost the M&A market overall. 

Learn more in the Q4 2018 edition of the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor.  

Independently verified as a highly accurate six-month forecast of M&A activity, the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor is compiled by tracking early-stage M&A transactions globally in preparation or having begun the due diligence stage. 

Download the issue with predictions for Q4 2018. Also in this issue:

  • A spotlight feature on how high M&A valuations are affecting dealmaking
  • An interview with Rupesh Khant, vice president of ICICI Securities, on the outlook for the Indian IPO market
  • Regional data on how long M&A deals are taking to complete due diligence and their volume of due diligence information

Laurent Sultan

Laurent Sultan

Laurent Sultan is vice president of sales for Europe, the Middle East & Africa at Intralinks