CEE View: Inbound M&A report 2018/2019

16 April 2019

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Mergermarket and Mazars are pleased to present CEE View: Inbound M&A report 2018/2019. This report offers an overview of investor activity into the CEE region in 2018, and looks ahead to the challenges and opportunities for the coming months.
Key highlights include:
  • Inbound deal activity was one of the main drivers of M&A across CEE in 2018. Cross-border deal value more than doubled year-on-year, rising to €27 billion and accounting for more than half of total CEE deal value for the year. This performance made last year the second strongest year since 2014 for the total value of inbound deals into the region.
  • The energy and utilities sector led the way in terms of value in 2018, with €7.6 billion worth of inbound deals; while industrials proved the strongest sector in terms of inbound volume, at 60 deals.
  • The outlook appears positive for 2019, with high growth, low costs and regional stability offering a promising year for investors in CEE.