Biggest M&A inbound deals in Europe H1 2018, by deal value

Largest merger and acquisition (M&A) inbound deals in Europe as of the first half of 2018, by deal value (in million euros)

Biggest M&A inbound deals in Europe H1 2018, 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.
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Largest merger and acquisition (M&A) inbound deals in Europe as of the first half of 2018, by deal value (in million euros)

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Deal value in million euros
Shire Plc -
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
67,097
innogy SE -
E.ON SE
37,859
Sky Plc -
Comcast Corporation
33,389
Abertis Infraestructuras, S.A.
Consortium formed by ACS S.A., Atlantia SpA and Hochtief AG
32,103
Energias de Portugal S.A.
(76.73% Stake) - China Three Gorges Corporation
22,947
UPC Hungary; UPC Romania; Unitymedia GmbH; UPC Czech Republic -
Vodafone Group Plc
18,400
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (36.5% Stake) -
GlaxoSmithKline Plc
10,499
Akzo Nobel N.V. (Specialty chemicals business) -
The Carlyle Group; GIC Private Limited
10,100
Deal value in million euros
Shire Plc -
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
67,097
innogy SE -
E.ON SE
37,859
Sky Plc -
Comcast Corporation
33,389
Abertis Infraestructuras, S.A.
Consortium formed by ACS S.A., Atlantia SpA and Hochtief AG
32,103
Energias de Portugal S.A.
(76.73% Stake) - China Three Gorges Corporation
22,947
UPC Hungary; UPC Romania; Unitymedia GmbH; UPC Czech Republic -
Vodafone Group Plc
18,400
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (36.5% Stake) -
GlaxoSmithKline Plc
10,499
Akzo Nobel N.V. (Specialty chemicals business) -
The Carlyle Group; GIC Private Limited
10,100
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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.
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