Number of of M&A transactions in Europe 2000-2019

2019 saw a decline in the total number and value of merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions in Europe compared to 2018. According to data provided by the Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances (IMAA), the height of European M&A was seen in 2007 when over 18.9 thousand deals took place. The largest ever M&A deal to take place in Europe was the 1999 acquisition of Mannesmann AG by Vodafone AirTouch.

M&A

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are an important branch of corporate strategy which deals with the combining, buying and selling of companies with the aim of helping to promote the growth of the enterprise in its sector. The combining of two companies can boost financial power, market share and business activity, allowing the newly formed company to further develop and expand within its sector and territory.

Deal drivers

The main drivers behind M&A deals is highly dependent on whether the company in question coming from the buyer-side or seller-side of the acquisition. According to experts, the most active sectors for European M&A in 2020 include the Pharma, medical and biotech industry, the financial services sector as well as the industrial and chemicals industry.

Total number of merger and acquisition (M&A) deals in Europe from 2000 to 2019

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Release date

January 2020

Region

Europe

Survey time period

2000 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded.

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