China M&A Forum

18 October 2018 - 12:00 am UTC

Presented by AVCJ and Mergermarket, the 3rd Annual China M&A Forum – the most highly anticipated international industry event in China – returns to Shanghai on 18th October, 2018. Join 300+ senior corporate investors, private equity fund managers, M&A advisers, and policy makers from across the globe to discuss the latest drivers, regulatory updates, key opportunities, and the most pressing challenges impacting M&A within, as well as outside of China.

Soft power: The new importance of corporate culture and ESG

22 August 2018

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Corporate leadership matters, and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles are increasingly being adopted by companies seeking responsible investments and positive corporate cultures. And with business experts finding a correlation between strong corporate values and higher performance metrics, dealmakers are also starting to take an interest in the prevailing ethics and culture at a potential target. 

In order to understand the importance of ESG and corporate culture principles as they relate to M&A deals, as well as the challenges of integrating and evaluating such principles, Mergermarket on behalf of Toppan Vintage spoke with six dealmakers with experience in the field.

Points of discussion include:

  • What are the biggest challenges in establishing and maintaining a positive corporate culture?
  • How difficult is it to evaluate a company’s corporate culture during the due diligence process?
  • How does corporate culture affect a company's attractiveness as an acquisition target or IPO investment?

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Ireland Mid-year M&A Review 2018

13 August 2018

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Mergermarket and William Fry are pleased to present the Ireland Mid-year M&A Review. This report provides a comprehensive overview of developments in the Irish M&A market during the first half of 2018, and offers insight into likely trends in the coming months.
Key findings include:
  • In the first half of 2018 there were 76 deals worth €70.9bn targeting Irish firms – a record half-year deal value, due to Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical Co’s €67.1bn proposed takeover of Shire Pharmaceuticals. Yet the Irish M&A story is not just about one-off blockbuster transactions – deal volumes remained stable, down just four deals from the 80 transactions recorded in H1 2017.
  • In terms of sectors, Business Services and TMT both saw clear increases in their share in overall Irish M&A volume year-on-year, accounting for 21% and 20% of overall activity respectively. In terms of M&A values, the pharmaceuticals sector clearly dominated as a result of the milestone Takeda/Shire deal.
  • In the Irish private equity market, half year figures reveal deal volume at 17, on a relative par with the 21 seen in the same period last year. Yet a deal value of €1bn in H1 2018 was down sharply from the €7.6bn recorded in H1 2017.

Dealmakers: Australian mid-market M&A H1 2018 update

15 August 2018

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Mergermarket is pleased to present Dealmakers: Australian mid-market M&A H1 2018 update, published in association with Pitcher Partners.

Australian M&A for the half-year increased 13% by deal volume and 19% by deal value compared to H1 2017. The country’s mid-market helped buttress those figures, accounting for 75% of total deals and setting the stage for a promising second half for Australian M&A dealmaking in 2018.

This special infographic newsletter looks at the following trends and considerations as 2018 unfolds: Mid-market M&A trends since 2015

  • Buyer profile for domestic and foreign investors
  • Sector updates: Increasing and decreasing deal activity in hot industries
  • Inbound trends: Foreign interest and target sectors

Mergermarket Financial Services Forum

08 November 2018 - 12:37 pm UTC

Join Mergermarket for the annual Financial Services Forum, the go-to event to learn about M&A trends within the asset management industry, regulatory reforms that will impact investments, regional bank consolidations, deal financing trends, private equity activity in the sector and much more. With some of the biggest names in the industry attending year after year, this is your chance to network with senior-level executives and learn what’s ahead for 2019.  If you would like to know more, please click here to view the event website.

Deal Drivers: Americas HY 2018

07 August 2018

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Mergermarket is pleased to present the half-year edition of Deal Drivers Americas, a report published in association with Merrill Corporation. This report provides an in-depth review of mergers and acquisitions in the Americas region, offering insights on notable deals, sector performance, and trends that have impacted dealmaking so far in 2018.

Highlights from this report include:

  • Energy Leads the Pack: Energy, Mining, Oil & Gas recorded the highest deal value by sector for 1H18 at US$163.7bn, followed by Business Services (US$147.2bn) and Technology, Media & Telecom (US$146.7bn).
  • Transatlantic Deals Decline: The number of deals between European and American entities declined from 616 in 1H17 to 502 in 1H18.
  • Latin America Unshaken by Elections: Despite recent political uncertainty, Latin American M&A activity reached a total deal value of US$46.3bn in 1H18, 61% higher than the same period last year.

Deal Drivers: EMEA HY 2018

02 August 2018

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Mergermarket is pleased to present Deal Drivers: EMEA HY 2018, in association with Merrill Corporation. This report presents a comprehensive review of mergers and acquisitions in the EMEA region throughout the first half of 2018, providing an insight into key trends and region and sector activity.

Key findings include:

  • Deal value for European M&A in H1 2018 rose 16% from the same period last year, amid continuing GDP growth in EU countries.
  • Challenges are still apparent in the form of ongoing political upheaval. With the prospect of Brexit, some UK companies appear to be turning inwards, with domestic deals forming 43% of total M&A value for UK targets in H1 2018.
  • The Middle East and North Africa attracted €11.8bn across 70 transactions this year, with EMU recording the highest number of deals in the region.
  • The PMB sector continued to show its strength in H1 2018, with €108.3bn-worth of deals; while there was also significant activity across the TMT and Industrials and Chemicals sectors.

Navigating change: US M&A H1 2018

01 August 2018

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Mergermarket is pleased to present Navigating change: US M&A H1 2018, in association with White & Case. The report looks at the key factors and trends driving dealmaking in the United States, and what might be in store for the months ahead.
Key findings include:
  • After a near-record year in 2017 and despite escalating tensions surrounding global trade, rising interest rates and volatile stock markets, US M&A activity accelerated into the first half of 2018. Deal value for the first six months of the year jumped 30.5 percent to US$794.8 billion, while deal volumes held steady—only fractionally down to 2,593 transactions from 2,887 deals in H1 2017.
  • Domestic activity hit an all-time high deal value of US$685.2 billion across 2,147 transactions in the first half of 2018. However, despite this boom in domestic activity, dealmaking from overseas bidders faltered—inbound M&A deal value is down 45 percent to US$109.6 billion, while inbound volume falls 14.7 percent to 446 deals.
  • US private equity (PE) had its busiest 12 months since the financial crisis in 2017, securing 1,261 buyouts valued at US$191.9 billion over the year—a record deal volume. 
  • In terms of sectors, energy, mining and utilities attracted a total of US$144.9 billion invested across 208 deals in H1, propelling it close to the top spot in H1. Meanwhile, the TMT sector topped the deal volume chart in H1, with technology assets accounting for the majority of activity with 483 announced transactions.


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