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CMS European M&A Outlook 2015

29/09/2015

Executives cautious as M&A deal value rises but the number of deals decreases

  • Deal value has risen by 17% for the first half of the year while the volume of deals for the first half of 2015 dropped by 14% compared to last year
  • European M&A market remains attractive to foreign acquirers
  • Respondents believe private equity is now the most available source of financing
  • The TMC sector has overtaken Industrials and Chemicals as the most sought after this year

M&A deal value is at its highest level since 2007, but Europe's executives are adopting a more cautious outlook on European M&A, according to research carried out by the top 10 international law firm CMS, in partnership with Mergermarket.The report’s respondents comprise 230 key M&A stakeholders across all European geographies, including CEOs, finance directors, bankers, M&A heads, private equity investors and sector specialists. Each respondent gave their views on the areas for growth, economic and political pressures and key players in the M&A market producing a rounded macro- and microeconomic outlook for the next year.

The report’s respondents comprise 230 key M&A stakeholders across all European geographies, including CEOs, finance directors, bankers, M&A heads, private equity investors and sector specialists. Each respondent gave their views on the areas for growth, economic and political pressures and key players in the M&A market producing a rounded macro- and microeconomic outlook for the next year.

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Stefan Brunnschweiler
Stefan Brunnschweiler, LL.M.
Partner
Zurich
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Peter Huber
Partner
Vienna