Q2 2021 SS&C Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor: A Deal-Rich Future in EMEA

Europe powering the EMEA boom.

2 March 2021


Deals in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) are coming back in a big way. In fact, expectations are that H2 2021 will bring the region to an all-time high.

From IPOs skyrocketing past expectations in Europe to an overall bullish investor sentiment eyeing a record-high stock market, new deal announcements aren’t lacking. January mergers and acquisitions (M&A) figures climbed YOY, and February in the region was much the same.

What’s next for EMEA

Despite Europe being on its second lockdown to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the first few months of the pandemic primed M&A dealmakers in how to succeed against the backdrop of travel restrictions and government-ordered lockdowns. Leveraging pre-COVID-19 relationships, the combination of creative thinking and technology saved the day for many and allowed transactions to move ahead.

Many sectors ranking high last year in deal volume, like Pharma, TMT and Energy, have remained on top, especially in Europe.  

With a rollout of Coronavirus vaccines over the next six months — and a hopeful return to normalcy this year — investors engaged in more insolvencies will drive M&A activity upward. EMEA deal growth doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

Our prediction of where the M&A market is headed globally and regionally can be found in the newly published Q2 2021 S&C Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor. Independently verified as a highly accurate six-month forecast of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity, the quarterly report is compiled by tracking early-stage M&A transactions globally that are in preparation or have begun due diligence.

In addition to the forecast of M&A activity for the next six months, the issue includes a great spotlight on Big Tech’s future in the wake of continued antitrust scrutiny. There’s also an interview with Raquel Perez Martin, executive investments and M&A director Europe and Brazil at EDP Renováveis (EDPR), about the surge in transactions across the renewable energy sector —and what promise ESG holds for M&A.

Over the next few weeks, we will be posting country-specific blogs where my colleagues discuss the present market and opportunities. Stay tuned for more market intelligence.

Rachel Boskovitch

Rachel Boskovitch

Rachel supports investment managers, private equity companies, corporates, asset managers, brokers and advisors with their critical information exchange requirements, whether it be for portfolio management, fundraising or reporting, or to divest an asset. Her years of experience provide clients with the utmost service and understanding to ensure all their needs are supported.

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