Deal Drivers EMEA HY 2020

25 August 2020

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Mergermarket is pleased to present the half-year edition of Deal Drivers EMEA in association with Datasite.
The EMEA deal market was hit hard by the spread of COVID-19 in H1 2020. At €266.6bn, aggregate deal value was down 28.1% year on year (YoY) from in H1 2019. Deal volumes fell by almost 35%, collapsing to just 2,619 transactions. The Q2 figures in particular represent the lowest quarterly totals for the region since 2009. Among the hardest hit parts of the economy were the consumer and leisure industries, while a few pre-lockdown megadeals helped to bolster Q1 figures in the financial services and industrials and chemicals sectors.
This report provides an in-depth review of M&A activity across the region, including analysis of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 crisis.