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Emerging Europe M&A Report 2016/17

We are pleased to present our annual Emerging Europe M&A Report, published by CMS in cooperation with EMIS.

The 2016/17 edition of the report pulls together data and lists of the biggest M&A transactions across the CEE/SEE region, provides commentary on what happened in 2016, and makes some predictions on where to expect deals in 2017.

Report highlights:

  • M&A in Central-Eastern Europe peaked in value to the highest amount since 2013
  • Russia and Poland retained their first and second positions respectively in deal volume, despite drops in transaction numbers
  • The rising stars of the region in 2016 were the Czech Republic and Romania
  • In 2016, the UK and China doubled their spending in CEE to become the second- and third-largest foreign investors by value in the region
  • The value of US spending in the region dropped by two-thirds; however the US remained the largest foreign investor in CEE by deal volume
  • Across the region, the most active sectors were real estate and construction, followed by manufacturing, telecoms and IT
  • The CEE markets witnessed increased PE interest in 2016. PE entries were double the exits
  • One sign of the region’s growing self-confidence is the number of deals which are not reliant on outside investors. Russia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Turkiye were among the most active

We have received excellent feedback from our clients and the market about this report over the last years and hope that you will find this year’s edition equally useful.

Please do get in touch to let us know what you thought of the report or if you have any questions you would like to discuss with our CEE M&A team.

You can view the report online or download it in PDF format below.

CMS & EMIS - Emerging Europe M&A Report 2016-17
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