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Value of European M&A transactions 2000-2020

M&A activity in Europe declined in terms of both volume and value compared to both 2018 and 2019. In 2020, M&A deals in Europe totaled 691.7 billion U.S. dollars, which translated to 790.3 billion euros. The height of European M&A was seen in 2007 when over 18,900 deals took place. The largest ever M&A deal to take place in Europe was the 1999 acquisition of Mannesmann AG by Vodafone AirTouch.

What purpose do mergers and acquisitions serve?

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are an important branch of corporate strategy which deal 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. Acquiring new technologies and taking advantage of distressed or turnaround opportunities were leading motivations for acquisitions among European M&A stakeholders in 2020.

Europe on a global scale

Historically, Europe has always accounted for a high share of global M&A transactions. In 2020, European deals accounted for one third of all deals made globally during the year. The same cannot be said for Europe’s share of the total global deal value. When it comes to total deal value, North America far exceeds any other region.

Value of merger and acquisition (M&A) deals in Europe from 2000 to 2020

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Source

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Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances (IMAA)
Release date

January 2021

Region

Europe

Survey time period

2000 to 2020

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded.

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