Q2 2020 SS&C Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor: EMEA Region M&A Pipelines Point to 2020 Growth in Deal Activity

Dealmakers in Europe, the Middle East & Africa brush off regional headwinds

10 February 2020


Despite slowing economic growth and the uncertain effects of Brexit, the number of announced M&A deals in EMEA is forecast to grow by 4 percent year-over-year (YOY) in the first half of 2020, according to the latest issue of the SS&C Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor report. That puts EMEA just behind both Asia-Pacific and North America with forecast growth of 6 and 5 percent, respectively.

The SS&C Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor is compiled by tracking early-stage M&A transactions, across the world, that are in preparation or have begun their due diligence stage. These early-stage deals are, on average, six months away from their public announcement.

Early-stage deal activity is growing the fastest in the TMT, Financials, and Energy & Power sectors in Eastern Europe, Benelux, the Nordics, and the Middle East.

Early-stage deal activity points to higher levels of M&A announcements in Italy, the U.K, and Germany in H1 2020, whereas M&A activity is forecast to be lower in France and to be flat in Spain. Following the Conservative victory in the U.K.’s December general election, U.K. early-stage M&A activity jumped by 24 percent YOY in Q4.

To find out more and to know the future of global M&A six months ahead of everybody else, download your copy of the Q2 2020 issue of the SS&C Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor.

Along with our six-month forecasts of M&A activity by region and sector, the latest issue of the SS&C Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor includes:

  • A spotlight on how environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations are affecting dealmaking.

  • An interview with Marianne Lewis, Dean and Professor of Management at the University of Cincinnati, Carl H. Lindner College of Business, on a new Intralinks research report, Gender Diversity and M&A Outcomes: How Female Board-Level Representation Affects Corporate Dealmaking. Due to be published on February 18, the report, based on a global study of more than 16,700 M&A transactions over 20 years, presents unique new findings on the relationship between corporate leadership gender diversity and M&A success.

Laurent Sultan

Laurent Sultan is senior vice president of global sales at Intralinks.

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