Deal activity dipped in 2016, but fresh opportunities are emerging.
Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity has slowed in 2016 following the record high in 2015. Overall, transaction confidence and the resulting level of cross-border M&A have been tempered by economic and political instability. Yet, as we explore in this report, the picture in specific markets is more varied. In contrast to falls in Western Europe, for example, deal activity increased in Central and Eastern Europe, with Poland and the Czech Republic leading the way.
The uncertainty has also created deal opportunities, including the ‘bargains’ opened up in the UK by the drop in the value of the Pound. And all the time, the need for competitive reinvention in the face of rapid technological change continues to drive a search for the right deals.