Biggest M&A inbound deals in Europe H1 2019, by deal value

The ‘merging of two companies into one, or the ‘buying’ of one company by another through acquisition is a common practice in the corporate world. M&A can be used to fulfill several strategies including growth, expansion, increasing market share, eliminating a competitor or even talent acquisition. For both the buyer and seller, strategic drivers differ.

M&A in Europe

Inbound and outbound M&A, otherwise known as cross-border M&A is a deal between two companies that do not have headquarters residing in the same country. The largest merger and acquisition deal ever was the cross-border acquisition of the German company Mannesmann AG by British firm Vodafone AirTouch PLC in 1999.

Cross-border on the rise

Between 2010 and 2018, cross-border acquisitions have accounted for just over a quarter of all deals made, and a further 37 percent of the total deal value. Regions such as Europe and South America rely on cross-border activity far more than others such as the United States and China.

Largest merger and acquisition (M&A) inbound deals in Europe as of the first half of 2019, by deal value

Deal value in billion euros
Allergan plc - AbbVie Inc.75.77
Alcon Inc - Novartis AG (Shareholders)23.67
Nestle Skin Health S.A. - A consortium led by EQT Partners AB and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority9.03
Metro AG (89.09% stake) - EP Global Commerce, a.s.8.76
WABCO - ZF Friedrichshafen AG6.45
UPC Switzerland LLC - Sunrise Communications AG5.54
RPC Group Plc - Berry Plastics Group, Inc.5.22
Merlin Entertainments Plc (71.08% stake) - Kirkbi - Blackstone CPPIB consortium5.11
Axel Springer SE (54.6% stake) - Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.4.95
Altran Technologies S.A - Capgemini SA4.91
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Release date

September 2019



Survey time period

H1 2019

Number of respondents

230 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

Senior executives from 170 corporates and 60 PE firms based in Europe

Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information: "The research extends across all European geographies and a number of important market segments and takes into account the view of CEOs, finance directors, bankers, M&A heads, private equity players and sector specialists. The publication is based on forward-looking research on the prospects for M&A over the next 12 months".

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