Global M&A Insights: New challenges, new opportunities
Our H1 report charts the continued recovery in transactions across regions and sectors, the areas likely to be increasingly busy, including hydrogen investments and large carve-out deals, and asks what’s next for Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs)?
- H1 worldwide value shows extraordinary M&A growth in almost all regions and sectors
- Hints of tighter regulation and cooling of equity markets cause a sudden slowdown in the number of SPACs formed
- Changed work culture raises M&A challenges for employers and acquirers
- Hydrogen-related M&A activity rises globally
- Innovation sparks a forceful resurgence in MedTech transactions
- Indonesia eases its traditionally tough restrictions on foreign direct investment (FDI) controls, bucking global trends
- Carve-out and spin-off deals likely to increase as companies reorganise
131%increase in worldwide deal value
29%increase in worldwide deal volume
108%increase in USD10bn+ megadeals
95%increase in worldwide value of cross-border deals
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Transaction value soars across deal types and regions
Although flattered by comparison with the quietest period for transactions in a decade, the volume and value of deals in the first half of 2021 still indicate that the recovery in M&A markets remains robust.
Dramatic pause in global SPACs clouds the outlook
Hints of tighter regulation and the cooling of equity markets have caused a decline in the number of SPACs being formed. But SPACs already created will continue to be a significant force in global M&A as they compete fiercely for acquisition targets.
Changed work culture raises M&A challenges
The pandemic has done more than almost any recent event to disrupt traditional ways of working, creating important challenges for employers and M&A acquirers to address.
Global deal flows
Deal value climbs sharply across almost all global regions
Indonesia eases foreign direct investment controls
Carve-out deals likely to increase after Covid-19
M&A analysis by sector
Pandemic-resilient sectors soar, led by TMT and healthcare deals
A rise in hydrogen-related M&A activity globally
Innovation and search for growth spark MedTech rebound
Tech companies and SPACs see interests align
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New challenges, new opportunities