Over 300 executives were in attendance at the Mergermarket M&A Awards 2014 to honor the accomplishments of Europe’s leading dealmakers.
'Do your due diligence’ has never been more relevant in the M&A process than today - especially with the surge of multi-million and billion dollar deals.
The Liberty Global takeover of Virgin Media was voted M&A deal of the year, while Goldman Sachs took the prize for European financial advisor of the year. The buyout of Douglas Holding AG by Advent International collected the best private equity deal award, and Linklaters secured European legal advisor award.
The Mergermarket Swiss M&A and Private Equity Forum will bring together corporate and private equity deal makers, lawyers, financial advisors and lenders to examine the state of Switzerland’s M&A market.
I recently returned from Mexico where I presented at an event that was co-sponsored and co-hosted by Intralinks and Mergermarket. The purpose of the event was to discuss the importance of Mexico as an emerging participant in the global economy and the maturing M&A and corporate finance activity with more than 100 bankers, lawyers, corporate development professionals, and executives.
The M&A market kind of reminds me of a plane that hit some turbulence (back in 2008 and early 2009), but since then and according to our latest quarterly Deal Flow Indicator the market has regained cruising altitude. Year-over-year results for deal activity are up a healthy 24% for Q1 2011 and 72% from the bottom of the market in Q1 2009. It appears that M&A activity levels have normalized.
To explore the drivers for this activity, Intralinks, along with Mergermarket, has organised an ‘Asian IPO Series’. The first IPO panel discussion in March, held at, JW Marriott Hotel in Hong Kong, attracted over 50 senior delegates who were keen to learn about the future of Hong Kong’s listing activity.