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Insights from our M&A team, based on M&A activity charts from the White & Case M&A Explorer

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The White & Case M&A Explorer is an interactive tool which uses 10 years of Mergermarket data, allowing users to analyze M&A activity by date range, geography and sector to create cross-border and domestic market snapshots.

Private equity powers European financial services M&A

From payment processing to NPLs, the private equity industry is stepping up its role in dealmaking within the financial services sector

The financial crisis provided an opportunity for private equity firms to gain a foothold in the financial services space, and they haven’t looked back. As the opening figure shows, 2015 was a landmark year for sponsors, who had traditionally found it difficult to thrive due to tough competition from strategics within a regulated sector.


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Singapore M&A value set for a record-breaking year

Investors are looking to logistics and technology in Southeast Asia’s financial, trade and innovation hub, with sovereign wealth funds and Chinese firms acting as the keenest bidders

When year-end numbers are tallied in a few months, Singapore in 2017 will have set a record for M&A transactions by value, as investors continue to be drawn to one of the most investor-friendly destinations in Southeast Asia.


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US inbound M&A dampened in Q3 amid increased CFIUS pressure

Motivated by national security concerns, political pressures and a sheer volume of filings, CFIUS is placing increased scrutiny on foreign acquisitions

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) appears to be putting more inbound US M&A deals on hold than at any time in its history. The inter-agency committee, tasked with reviewing the national security implications of foreign investments in US companies, has increased its scrutiny of foreign investment transactions, which has coincided with a drop in inbound activity M&A targeting US firms.


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Mexican domestic dealmaking under pressure but outbound deals flourish

Trump’s trade policies are causing foreign investors to be wary, while a volatile peso is pushing Mexican firms to secure assets abroad


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Driving profits: Transport PE hits record high in Q3

Buyout firms bank on rising demand for same-day delivery and technological innovation to drive future returns

A shift in consumer demand is causing buyout firms to turn their attention to the transport and logistics industry. Private equity (PE) investment in the global transportation sector climbed to its highest quarterly value on record in the third quarter, with firms investing US$21.35 billion across 23 deals over the period.


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UK M&A keeps calm and carries on despite Brexit uncertainties

The UK M&A market is weathering the Brexit storm, as strong economic fundamentals continue to draw interest from international bidders

Concerns that Britain’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) would deter foreign investment appear, at least so far, to be overstated. With 155 deals worth US$35.8 billion announced in Q3 2017, inbound M&A activity targeting UK firms topped all other markets in Western Europe by both value and volume. And although deal value has fluctuated over recent years, inbound deal volume into the UK has shown a consistent if small increase, rising from 468 deals in Q1-Q3 2016 to 485 in Q1-Q3 2017.

 

Trends in three areas could determine whether the Q3 spike in US power M&A is sustainable

Regulatory uncertainty, the drive toward consolidation and the constant pressure to innovate will shape dealmaking

M&A activity targeting the US power and utilities sector experienced a rebound in activity during Q3 following a poor-performing second quarter. A total of 27 deals valued at US$33.9 billion was a sevenfold increase in value compared to Q2’s figure and the third highest quarterly value on record.

 

Five trends boosting 2017 buyout activity to best value in a decade

Record fundraising and growing demand in key sectors helped private equity deal value soar in 2017

The accelerating rate of buyout activity has been a stand-out dealmaking trend in 2017, with deal value hitting a post-crisis peak. So far in 2017, the total value of US$372.1 billion in announced deals (from 2,213 buyouts) stands just 7.7 percent behind 2016’s total value with a quarter left to run.

 

Energy deals speed up in Q3 as overall deal market slows down

Global M&A decreased in the third quarter, despite generally robust economic fundamentals

Although the financial markets were generally strong during Q3 2017, global M&A activity decelerated, with 3,857 announced deals worth US$673 billion reflecting a 14 percent decrease in value compared to Q2 and a 24 percent value decrease as compared to the same period in 2016.

 

The top 5 M&A stories in Q3 2017

We round up the major stories in the world of dealmaking from the past quarter including a China downturn, an aerospace upswing and an oil price turnaround

 

Real estate private equity builds on solid foundations in Q2

Private equity investment in real estate shot up sharply in Q2 2017, as dealmakers look to deploy dry powder in increasingly sizable deals

Private equity real estate deal value for Q2 2017, including exits, climbed four-fold on Q1 numbers to reach US$11.96 billion. Deal volume was up materially too, rising from five deals in Q1 to 14 deals in Q2. The strong performance makes Q2 2017 the highest-valued second quarter for private equity real estate deal value since the financial crisis.

 

German M&A powers forward in 2017 despite electoral uncertainty

Germany achieved a record for M&A deal value in Q2, with industrial deals dominating the market

Despite uncertainty around the federal election coming on September 24, there is a healthy appetite for German assets. Germany saw its highest quarterly M&A value on record in Q2, climbing to US$63.2 billion in the three months to the end of June. M&A activity was buoyed by continued economic growth (in its June economic forecast, the OECD projected “solid” GDP growth of 2.3% for the year and a further decline in unemployment).

 

M&A feels the force of shareholder activists

Shareholder activism is moving into the mainstream as activists launch ever-bolder campaigns

Increasing investor activism is driving M&A-related activity in Europe and North America, from outright acquisitions of companies targeted by activists to divestiture and spin-off announcements.

 

Tech-retail convergence drives consumer sector M&A

Changing consumer habits and disruptive innovations are inspiring mergers designed to combine the best features from virtual and concrete retailers.

Consumer sector M&A is looking good. In H1 2017, the sector recorded the highest value from cross-border M&A deals of any sector, with US$142.5 billion spread over 300 deals. Add domestic deals, and the consumer sector takes second placewith US$241.8 billion. Cross-border value in the first half of 2017 has already outstripped the whole of 2016, which saw US$118.4 billion in deal value across 691 consumer deals.

 

Western Europe stages major M&A comeback in Q2

The region secured a host of megadeals despite political volatility, with EU powerhouses leading the way.

Western European firms continue to command high price tags—even against a backdrop of political uncertainty. There were 1,285 deals worth US$254.7 billion announced in Q2, a steep rise in value compared to the previous quarter. The region fared well from a global perspective, with its share in global deal value shooting up from 25.6% in Q1 to 35.6% in Q2.

 

Despite an uptick, China M&A remained sluggish in Q2

Activity was up compared to Q1 2017, but deal value was down by more than half from the peak of Q4 2015.

There were 381 deals by Chinese bidders valued at US$94.6 billion in the second quarter of 2017. While that represents a scant five more deals than in Q1, it also shows a value jump of 34%.

 

Private equity storms ahead in Q2

Global buyout activity defies market uncertainty to reach a post-crisis high, as funds deploy record levels of dry powder.

Buyout activity delivered a stellar performance in Q2. There were 707 deals worth US$144 billion, up 75 percent by value from the previous quarter to reach the highest quarterly value since Q2 2007. PE's attraction as an asset class to investors worldwide is resulting in record levels of dry powder generating substantial PE M&A activity. Research firm Preqin estimates the current amount available for investment at US$842 billion.

 

Megadeals boost value in Q2 but uncertainty causes deal volume to slide

Despite a slight dip in value for the quarter, deal value is up year-to-date, compared to H1 2016

After a steady first quarter, global M&A dipped in Q2 against a backdrop of ongoing political and macroeconomic uncertainty. Volume fell from 4,304 deals in Q1 2017 to 3,683 deals in Q2—the lowest quarterly volume since Q2 2013. Meanwhile, a Q2 value of US$715 billion saw a 4.4 percent decrease compared to the same period last year.

 

Technology deals drive Israeli M&A value toward record highs

Innovation is at the heart of the boom in Israeli M&A and the trend is set to continue, according to an exclusive new survey of senior Israeli dealmakers

Disruption and innovation are driving deals to new heights in the Israeli M&A market. In 2016, there were 99 deals with an Israeli target worth a total of US$20 billion, a record in value terms and a joint record (shared with 2015) by volume.

 

Midstream deals fuel an oil and gas M&A revival in Q1 2017

As oil prices stabilize around the US$50 mark, dealmakers are coming back to the table

Buoyed by the arrival of a pro-oil administration in the White House and relative price stability, M&A activity in the beleaguered oil and gas sector is beginning to regain some momentum.

 

Consumer and cross-border deals spur French M&A in Q1 2017 but election fears hit inbound deals

French dealmakers announced significant outbound megadeals in the first quarter; Macron's victory could provide a much-needed boost for inbound deals

In a deal landscape dominated by cross-border consumer megadeals, French businesses announced US$47.63 billion worth of deals in the first quarter of 2017—the highest value quarter since Q3 2008. This is perhaps surprising, given the uncertainty that persisted throughout most of the quarter regarding the outcome of the contentious French presidential election.

 

Technological disruption drives automotive M&A in Q1

Auto sector M&A just hit a seven-year high. But the future could be even brighter, as technology firms seek opportunities within the auto industry

The automotive sector has staged a remarkable comeback. Worldwide car sales grew by 4.8% in 2016 to US$88.1 million, the highest figure for at least a decade, according to data from investment bank Macquarie.

 

South Korean private equity buyouts bounce back from Q3 2016 dip

PE funds establish themselves within the emerging South Korean market to take advantage of local growth opportunities

Private equity buyouts in South Korea reached their highest first quarter valuation in more than a decade, with US$3.47 billion spent across 12 transactions. This figure represents a 31% value increase compared to the same period in 2016 (US$2.65 billion, 13 transactions), and a strong recovery from a discouraging US$0.87 billion value in 2016’s third quarter

 

PE and asset management deals spur financial services M&A in Q1 2017

A rash of high-priced buyouts and a bid for a popular asset manager ramp up value at the start of the year

The financial services industry saw a 29 percent jump in year-on-year deal value in the first quarter of 2017. It was also the second-highest Q1 since 2011, which augurs well for the year ahead. Deals totalled US$55.8 billion in Q1 2017, compared with US$43.3 billion in the same period last year.

 

Indian M&A off to strong start in Q1 after record-breaking 2016

Inbound megadeals in the energy sector and a buoyant technology market help the deal market flourish

With deals valued at US$18.2 billion, Q1 2017 was the fourth-highest quarter in Indian M&A history. This comes on the back of a blockbusting 2016, which saw deal value hit US$66.4 billion—the highest year on record.

 

Taiwan M&A has strong Q1 after a robust 2016

Spurred by semiconductor company consolidations, TMT activity dominated both inbound and outbound dealmaking

The 2017 kickoff in Taiwan M&A showed the second highest Q1 deal volume since Q1 2010, with 13 deals. This matched the Q1 2016 total  - which itself was a busy year for M&A in Taiwan.

 

Q1 M&A value holds steady in Western Europe, even as volume slips

Despite economic volatility, uncertain elections and the Brexit effect, average valuations rose, year on year

Although the number of M&A deals fell in Q1, dealmakers looking at Western Europe are still willing to pay for the right target—2017 saw the second highest Q1 value for the region since 2008 (with Q1 2016 taking the top spot)

 

US inbound M&A value surges by 21% in Q1 2017

Megadeals from the UK and Japan help the US kick off the year in style

US dealmakers, both as sellers and bidders, have had an encouraging start to the M&A year. Deal value targeting the US (including domestic deals) was up by 21% year on year – from US$251.3 billion in Q1 2016 to US$303.1 billion in the first quarter of this year. The boost from megadeals meant that value rose even as the number of deals fell by 8% year on year.

 

Global M&A defies political uncertainty to record strong first quarter

Consumer sector and cross-border deals boost the M&A market

A number of factors spread uncertainty across the geopolitical spectrum in the year’s first quarter, including the official kick off of the Brexit process in the UK and the challenges faced by the new Trump administration in the US. Yet dealmakers seemed to shrug off the uncertainties. Cross-border deal value hit US$341.9 billion, the second highest first-quarter amount in the last decade after Q1 2008. Overall deal value for Q1 2017 stood at US$693 billion – the second highest Q1 since 2007 (behind Q1 2015, a record-breaking year). 

 

Record year for Asia private equity

PE buyouts hit new heights in Asia-Pacific in 2016. And this trend looks likely to continue

The Asia Pacific region recorded its highest-ever private equity (PE) buyout value in 2016. The region played host to 399 buyouts worth a combined US$102.2 billion – a new value record, despite a slight dip in deal volume.

 

UK M&A in a post-Brexit world

The post-Brexit M&A meltdown hasn’t happened – quite the opposite. But longer-term prospects look more uncertain

A cursory glance at UK inbound deal value figures for 2016 would give the impression that the Brexit decision has hit the UK M&A market hard, even in the eight months since the shock referendum vote. Inbound M&A value into the UK fell by 55% from US$348.5 billion in 2015 to US$156.4 billion in 2016. However, first impressions can be deceptive.

 

Western Europe’s record M&A year in 5 charts

Western European dealmaking peaked in 2016, with the highest volume ever and extremely strong interest from China

There may have been political and economic storm clouds hanging over the region, but those did not stop Western Europe becoming a beacon for M&A in 2016.

 

Powering up: M&A in energy, mining and utilities

Stabilising oil and commodity prices and opportunistic deals, saw M&A in the EMU sector rise again in 2016. And 2017 could be even stronger

After a relative drought, dealmaking in the energy, mining and utilities (EMU) sector regained momentum in 2016. The picture is mixed across the sub-sectors, but upside potential is clear; with the exception of 2014, the sector’s volume and value are at their highest points since 2007. Global EMU activity reached US$615.9 billion in 2016, compared to US$569.2 billion one year earlier, according to White & Case’s M&A Explorer. In value terms, the sector was second only to technology, media and telecommunications (TMT).

 

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