Outlook for M&A in Israel: Momentum builds on record-breaking 2017

30 May 2018

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Mergermarket is pleased to present Outlook for M&A in Israel: Momentum builds on record-breaking 2017, published in association with White & Case. The report, which includes a survey of 58 senior-level executives in Israel, provides an insight into deal trends and highlights the challenges and opportunities likely to face dealmakers in 2018.
 
Key findings include:
  • Deal volume and value set new records in 2017, with a 33 percent uptick in value compared to the previous year and the highest annual volume on record. With US$4.3 billion worth of deals announced in Q1 2018 almost doubling Q4 2017, Israel M&A looks to be heading for another strong year.
  • Seventy-nine percent of respondents say their companies will be involved in more M&A in the next 12 months compared to the previous. That is twice the percentage who said they expected more activity in our previous report.
  • In a shift from last year's findings, respondents expect foreign public companies and PE firms to be more active than domestic private companies and PE firms.    ​
  • Regional instability is the top concern for the area, with legal and regulatory issues and the challenge of settling on valuations also seen as significant potential barriers to closing deals.