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Who dares wins: European M&A 2020
We are pleased to provide you with this year’s edition of the “European M&A Outlook”, published in co-operation with Mergermarket.
Our survey provides key insights into how both corporate and private equity firms are adapting their M&A strategies to the current situation in Europe and how they are looking beyond the continent to tap into new geographic, product and customer markets. The report canvassed the opinions of 230 Europe-based executives, from corporates and private equity firms, assessing dealmaking sentiment for the European M&A market in the year ahead.The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on European dealmaking activity. According to Mergermarket data, in H1 2020, European deal volume fell 31% to 2,800 transactions and aggregate value dropped by 29% to EUR 262.9bn compared to the same period in 2019. However, we believe that opportunities remain for those willing to take risks.
Key findings from our research include:
1. M&A appetite weakens
2. Financing conditions to tighten
3. Distressed M&A, restructuring and corporate defaults to rise

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