Ireland Mid-Year M&A Review 2019

19 August 2019

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Mergermarket and William Fry are pleased to present the Ireland Mid-Year M&A Review. This report provides a comprehensive overview of developments in the Irish M&A market during the first half of 2019, and offers insight into likely trends in the coming months.

Key findings include:

  • Deal value is up 24% to €2.5bn in H1 2019 whilst deal volume of 75 transactions over H1 2019 is down nearly 20% on the 93 deals announced in H1 2018.
  • In terms of sectors, TMT was dominant for both deal value and volume, accounting for 55% of disclosed value (€1.4bn) and 22% of deal volume (17 deals).
  • Private equity (PE) firms were one of the major contributors to deal activity in H1 2019. PE activity in Ireland totalled €1.8bn over the first six months of the year, a 74% rise compared to H1 2018.