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Value of M&A deals in Central and Eastern Europe 2011-2019

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. Merger and acquisition (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.

Central and Eastern Europe deals

Between 2011 and 2019, the value of M&As in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) have fluctuated both in terms of value, but also volume. In 2019, the leading sectors for M&A deals in the CEE region included real estate and construction, Telecoms & IT, and manufacturing. The total value of mergers and acquisitions in Europe during 2019 was 883.2 billion Euros.

Largest deals

According to data provided by the Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances (IMAA), as of July 2019, the ten highest valued deals in Europe all took place between 1999 and 2015. The largest M&A deal during this period was Vodafone AirTouch's acquisition of Mannesmann AG for the price of 204.8 billion euros in 1999. Mannesman A.G. was a German industrial conglomerate, originating in 1890 as the manufacturer of steel pipes. Their success in the area of telecommunications was the reason for the takeover by the British company. This deal was not only the largest in Europe, but the world.

Total value of merger and acquisition (M&A) deals in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) from 2011 to 2019

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

2011 to 2019

Supplementary notes

*numbers were rounded off to nearest 5

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