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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.

ESG on the Rise: Making an impact in M&A

06 May 2019

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The buzz surrounding environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in investment and M&A decisions is stronger than ever. Issues ranging from climate change to human rights and labor standards have come to the forefront of investors’ concerns. But how M&A dealmakers and fund managers are taking these factors into account when considering potential investments is still an evolving process.

To better understand the extent to which ESG impacts M&A and investment in today’s market environment, IHS Markit commissioned Mergermarket to survey private equity, asset management, and corporate executives for their insights.

Key findings include:

• After identifying a promising target, nearly all respondents (90%) said they conduct ESG due diligence.

• Respondents predict that ESG issues will become significantly (53%) or somewhat (30%) more important in M&A decision-making over the next 12 to 24 months.

• Climate change and greenhouse gas emissions emerged as the top ESG priority for over a third of respondents (37%), followed by human rights and labor standards for over a quarter (27%).

Dealmakers: Australian mid-market M&A Q1 2019 update

08 May 2019

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Mergermarket is pleased to present Dealmakers: Australian mid-market M&A Q1 2019 update, published in association with Pitcher Partners.

Australian M&A was slow out of the gate in 2019, with deal totals for Q1 down 12% by volume and 11% by value quarter-on-quarter. Uncertainties – such as the impending federal election set for May, the fallout of the Royal Commission’s investigation into banking misconduct, and global frictions resulting from the US-China trade war – could all be contributing to the decline in investment activity as dealmakers sit on the sidelines. If history is a guide, dealmaking will gain renewed momentum in the second half of 2019 following the federal election.
This special infographic newsletter looks at the following trends and considerations as 2019 unfolds:
  • Mid-market M&A trends since 2016
  • Analysis of buyer geographies and trends among North American, European and Asian inbound dealmakers
  • Sector updates: Increasing and decreasing deal activity in hot industries

Rising to the challenge: Corporate crisis management in Japan

05 June 2019 - 12:01 am UTC

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019
Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo
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デロイトトーマツ ファイナンシャルアドバイザリー合同会社
福島 和宏
Opening Remarks
Deloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory LLC.
CEO Kazuhiro Fukushima
眞武 慶彦
Keynote Speech
Crisis response based on the latest trends
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Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Yoshihiko Matake
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三木 要
The key to crisis support
Top management's principles of behavior and the role of professionals in dealing with complex crises 
Deloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory LLC.
Crisis Management Service
General management of crisis management service
Executive Officer / Partner
Kaname Miki
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三木 要
杉山 雅彦
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC
Risk Advisory | Crisis and Resilience
Theodorus Niemeijer
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Deloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory LLC.
Crisis Management Service
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Executive Officer / Partner
Kaname Miki
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC
Masahiko Sugiyama
Deloitte U.K
Theodorus Niemeijer
12:10〜12:20     Q&A
12:20〜12:30     閉会のあいさつ Closing message
12:30〜14:00     ランチレセプション Lunch reception

CEE View: Inbound M&A report 2018/2019

16 April 2019

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Mergermarket and Mazars are pleased to present CEE View: Inbound M&A report 2018/2019. This report offers an overview of investor activity into the CEE region in 2018, and looks ahead to the challenges and opportunities for the coming months.
Key highlights include:
  • Inbound deal activity was one of the main drivers of M&A across CEE in 2018. Cross-border deal value more than doubled year-on-year, rising to €27 billion and accounting for more than half of total CEE deal value for the year. This performance made last year the second strongest year since 2014 for the total value of inbound deals into the region.
  • The energy and utilities sector led the way in terms of value in 2018, with €7.6 billion worth of inbound deals; while industrials proved the strongest sector in terms of inbound volume, at 60 deals.
  • The outlook appears positive for 2019, with high growth, low costs and regional stability offering a promising year for investors in CEE.

A blueprint for digitalisation

15 April 2019

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Mergermarket is pleased to present A blueprint for digitalisation, produced in association with Noerr and the Technical University of Munich. This report offers analysis of the German M&A market between 2013 and 2018 and an insight into how businesses can move towards a successful digitalisation strategy.

Key findings include:

  • 68% of businesses surveyed in this report say that digital transformation now plays a central role in their strategy. However, 45% do not have or do not know whether they have a clear digitalisation strategy.
  • Acquisitions are the main way in which companies are enhancing their digital strategy, with 71% of respondents agreeing that acquiring digital firms now plays a central role in their strategy.
  • The number of deals with a digitalisation element in Germany has risen significantly, from 19% to 25% from 2013-2017.
  • Key success factors for digital M&A are the integration of the organisational structure, culture and management information systems of the target into the acquiring company, as well as keeping the employees of the target on board.

1Q19 Global M&A Report with league tables of legal advisors

03 April 2019

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Mergermarket, the leading provider of M&A data and intelligence, has released its 1Q19 report with financial and legal advisor league tables. According to the new research, after a peak in the M&A cycle during the first half of 2018, greater market volatility, geopolitical tensions between the US and China, Brexit anxiety in Europe, as well as strengthening economic headwinds precipitated a slowdown in M&A activity in the beginning of the year.

  • Only 3,558 transactions worth a total USD 801.5bn were registered in 1Q19, a 15% decrease in value compared to 1Q18 (5,085 deals worth USD 943.5bn).
  • Large cross-border deals, which propelled M&A activity in the past five years, have almost disappeared. Only nine mega deals (above USD 10bn) have been struck so far this year, down from 14 in 1Q18.  All but two, Newmont’s acquisition of Canada-based Goldcorp for USD 12.8bn and Saudi Aramco's acquisition of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) for USD 70.4bn were the result of US-based corporates taking out competitors in their home market.
  • Cross border M&A accounted for only 30.8% global M&A in 1Q19 (USD 246.9bn) compared to 38-40% on average between 2015 and 2018. Outbound M&A from China and Hong Kong was particularly subdued, reaching its lowest level since 3Q14, at USD 12.1bn over 56 deals in 1Q19. In Europe, only 17 deals were struck by acquirers from China and Hong Kong for a total value of USD 2.3bn, the lowest quarterly value recorded since 4Q13.

“With pockets of consolidation in some particularly hot sectors, vigorous private equity activity and a healthy domestic deal flow in the US should give hope to dealmakers for the rest of 2019,” commented Beranger Guille, Global Editorial Analytics Director at Mergermarket.


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