Scanning the horizon: European M&A Outlook 2018

27 September 2018

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Mergermarket is pleased to present Scanning the horizon: European M&A Outlook 2018, published in association with CMS. This report provides invaluable insights into the M&A landscape in Europe in 2018, and the opportunities and challenges facing dealmakers.
Highlights from the report include:
  • M&A activity in Europe looks set to flourish, with nearly three-quarters of respondents considering a deal and 22% of respondents expecting dealmaking to increase significantly over the next 12 months, up from just 7% last year.
  • Overseas dealmaking also looks set to increase: 92% of respondents expect a higher volume of non-European acquisitions in the next year, while 64% expect an increase in aggregate inbound M&A value.
  • Financing conditions have stabilised in Europe since the crisis years, and nearly half of respondents expect conditions to improve in the coming months. Sources of financing have also diversified and allowed acquirers to take advantage of improved conditions.    
  • Political instability in European countries remains the greatest source of concern for dealmakers, with possible shifts in US policy and the volatility in global capital markets also posing risks.