1H19 Global M&A Report with legal league tables

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Mergermarket, the leading provider of M&A data and intelligence, has published its 1H19 report in which all but one of the ten largest deals all targeted US-based companies, six of which were the result of domestic consolidation. Amid heightened geopolitical risks and rising protectionism, global cross border activity has accounted for just 33% of dealmaking this year, compared to a yearly average of 38.7% since 2010.

  • Worth a combined USD 5.9bn over 43 deals in 1H19, Chinese outbound investment into the US and Europe was particularly subdued, reaching lows not seen since 2009.
  • The US took its largest ever share of global M&A value during 1H19, with 53.2% (USD 957.3bn in total global deal value). This was as much to do with its own 14.6% increase on last year’s showing as it was the downturn in Europe and Asia –38.8% and 34.2% lower respectively.
  • Although not reaching 2Q18 record levels (USD 180.1bn), at USD 133.6bn, global private equity buyout value in 2Q19 surpassed that recorded in the previous two quarters (USD 111bn in 4Q18 and USD 111.5bn in 1Q19).
  • Three mega-buyouts have already been struck in the US so far this year - the same number as for the whole of 2018 – including two large cross-border take-private deals in 2Q19: the USD 14.2bn acquisition fiber networks operator Zayo Group by a EQT/Digital Colony Partners consortium and the USD 10.2bn acquisition of midstream oil and gas pipeline operator Buckeye Partners by Australian IFM Investors.

Beranger Guille, Global Editorial Analytics Director at Mergermarket commented: “Perhaps a sign that de-globalisation forces are starting to permeate corporate strategies, several large companies, sometimes under activist pressure, are using M&A to strengthen their grip on their home markets or focus on their core businesses.”

 

1H19 Global M&A Report with league tables

Download Publication (3.47 MB)

Mergermarket, the leading provider of M&A data and intelligence, has published its 1H19 report in which all but one of the ten largest deals all targeted US-based companies, six of which were the result of domestic consolidation. Amid heightened geopolitical risks and rising protectionism, global cross border activity has accounted for just 33% of dealmaking this year, compared to a yearly average of 38.7% since 2010.

  • Worth a combined USD 5.9bn over 43 deals in 1H19, Chinese outbound investment into the US and Europe was particularly subdued, reaching lows not seen since 2009.
  • The US took its largest ever share of global M&A value during 1H19, with 53.2% (USD 957.3bn in total global deal value). This was as much to do with its own 14.6% increase on last year’s showing as it was the downturn in Europe and Asia –38.8% and 34.2% lower respectively.
  • Although not reaching 2Q18 record levels (USD 180.1bn), at USD 133.6bn, global private equity buyout value in 2Q19 surpassed that recorded in the previous two quarters (USD 111bn in 4Q18 and USD 111.5bn in 1Q19).
  • Three mega-buyouts have already been struck in the US so far this year - the same number as for the whole of 2018 – including two large cross-border take-private deals in 2Q19: the USD 14.2bn acquisition fiber networks operator Zayo Group by a EQT/Digital Colony Partners consortium and the USD 10.2bn acquisition of midstream oil and gas pipeline operator Buckeye Partners by Australian IFM Investors.

Beranger Guille, Global Editorial Analytics Director at Mergermarket commented: “Perhaps a sign that de-globalisation forces are starting to permeate corporate strategies, several large companies, sometimes under activist pressure, are using M&A to strengthen their grip on their home markets or focus on their core businesses.”

 

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Hong Kong M&A Forum

20 June 2019

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Driving forward: M&A in Ukraine

19 June 2019

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Mergermarket is pleased to present the fourth edition of M&A in Ukraine, published in association with Aequo. This report provides invaluable insights into key trends in Ukraine’s M&A landscape and an outlook for 2019 and beyond.

Key findings include:

  • Deal value for M&A increased dramatically in 2018, up 91% to €1.05 billion. M&A deal volume also increased in 2018 with 59 deals, up 31% on the previous year.
  • Ongoing reforms are driving investor confidence, with simplified regulations, a more flexible LLC regime and additional shareholder rights among the changes in 2018.
  • The financial services sector continued to perform strongly in terms of volume during 2017-18, with 16% of the share; while agriculture led the way in terms of value, accounting for 35% of total deal value in 2017-18.

M&A Market Briefing: Japan

26 June 2019

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Mergermarket is pleased to present M&A Market Briefing: Japan, published in association with Merrill DatasiteOne.
Corporate Japan’s international buying spree continues unabated, with outbound M&A reaching new heights in 2018. Japanese buyers closed the year with US$174bn in deals, a staggering 119% increase from the year before and the largest on record according to Mergermarket data, as corporates search for growth and higher returns abroad. Likewise, dealmaking in Japan has increased in recent years, although foreign inbound M&A has been on the down trend since 2017.
 
This special infographic newsletter looks at the following trends and considerations as 2019 unfolds:
 
  • Cross-border M&A totals for Japan
  • Japanese outbound trends and target geographies
  • Private equity and venture capital transactions involving inbound and offshore capital flows
  • An inside look and analysis at Japan’s buying activity into the international healthcare and life sciences space

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Outlook for M&A in Israel: Execs expect the bull run to continue

20 May 2019

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Mergermarket is pleased to present Outlook for M&A in Israel, published in association with White & Case. The report, which includes a survey of 51 senior-level executives at Israeli companies, provides an insight into deal trends and highlights the challenges and opportunities likely to face dealmakers in 2019.
 
Key findings include:
  • Dealmakers are optimistic about deal activity this year, despite concerns about the availability of financing. Seventy-six percent of respondents expect to complete more transactions in 2019 than they did last year.
  • Seventy-six percent of respondents say that a global economic slowdown would not make them less likely to engage in M&A, while 37 percent say that a slowdown would in fact increase the likelihood that they would do so.
  • Sixty-nine percent of respondents expect Israeli private companies to be more active than international dealmakers in 2019. This would be a dramatic shift from last year, when international dealmakers dominated the Israeli market.

The Rising Importance of Board Diversity

20 May 2019

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Many prominent shareholders, such as institutional investors and PE firms, are putting pressure on the companies they own to report on the diversity characteristics of their board members and to increase the number of women and other groups on their boards. And while many companies are responding to this pressure and creating roadmaps to improve their board diversity, significant barriers remain.

To find out how companies are currently approaching the issue of board diversity, Toppan Merrill commissioned Mergermarket to speak with three leading experts as well as one public company executive.

Topics of discussion include:

• How important is board diversity to investors when evaluating a company’s ESG credentials in the current environment?

• What are the main barriers to greater board diversity at the moment?

• As investors increasingly seek information on the personal characteristics of board members, how are companies navigating potential privacy concerns?

 

Hong Kong M&A Forum 2019

10 June 2019 - 12:00 am UTC


Deal-making in the Asia Pacific region continues to gain momentum from its successful run in 2018. Despite regulatory headwinds and macroeconomic uncertainties, cross-border M&A within Asia has remained strong, with a number of big-ticket transactions being announced. Meanwhile, new regulatory initiatives such as the Greater Bay Area (GBA), is driving renewed investor interest into the region.

Mergermarket’s inaugural Hong Kong M&A Forum will bring together 200 leading corporate investors, private equity fund managers and senior advisors from across Asia for a day of panel discussions, fireside chats, data presentations and case studies, to facilitate greater understanding of the latest trends and opportunities in Asian M&A.

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