What you need to know about M&A activity in Europe

In previous weeks, we’ve been reporting the activity of mergers and acquisitions in different regions across the globe such as North America and the United Kingdom. Although global trends dictated activity, each region reported different transnational data. This week, we will dive into M&A activity in Europe.

Europe Mergers and Acquisition report by Ruby Datum

As was reported in other regions, the number of total mergers and acquisitions in Europe declined over the period. 2019-2020 saw the lowest number of deals in a year since 2013. This was expected due to the global circumstance. What was interesting to note in Europe was that although the number of deals fell by 20%, the value of deals increased by 5.6%.

Although 2020 didn’t start well for M&A activity, recording the lowest value of deals in a year since 2017, the second half of the period resulted in a comparable 87.7% uplift in the value of deals.

It’s great to also report that industry success was widespread with all industries reporting value increases. Most notably the Telecomms and Financial services industries increasing value of deals by 318% and 117% respectively.

With these achievements it is clear that the European industry is recovering well and is set for a valuable 2021.

With M&A transactions being the main use of Virtual Data Rooms it is clear that this technology is being confidently adapted by law firms. Moreover, the role of cyber security has been enhanced during the COVID-19 era in M&A procedures as in-person negotiations are unable to occur. Awarded the ISO9001 and ISO27001 cyber security accreditation in addition to a two-factor authentication (including hardware-based) and rigorous security testing by a CREST accredited company, Ruby Datum is committed to providing a quality and secure platform and service. Furthermore, with fast and bespoke integrations for your business, alongside user specific permission features, Ruby Datum’s Virtual Data Rooms are the ideal storage location for your highly confidential data. 

Keep your eyes pealed for more in-depth reports into each region coming soon!

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