The unicorn ranks have expanded rapidly in recent years, with around 150 companies in the US alone now holding the vaunted status and roughly the same number abroad. This expansion, together with the wave of potential unicorn IPOs, raises the question: Does unicorn status even matter anymore? Meanwhile, the move to go public by a number of these US$1bn+ giants has caused market observers to wonder whether a broader movement toward public exchanges is imminent. To examine what lies ahead for unicorn companies in the near future, Toppan Merrill commissioned.
Mergermarket is pleased to present Dealmakers: Mid-market M&A in Australia 2019, published in association with Pitcher Partners. Dealmakers in Australia were certainly busy last year, rounding out 2018 with strong deal flows that saw M&A volumes increase 5% year on year and marking the fourth year of growth for acquisitions and takeovers. With Australia primed and ready for another stellar year of M&A, we look at trends shaping the mid-market and the opportunities that are opening for domestic and foreign investors. In this fifth.
Global deal value in 2018 climbed to the second-highest level since the financial crisis, spurred by strong economic performance in North America and soaring demand for assets by both financial and strategic buyers worldwide. North America led the way among global regions in terms of deal value, while Europe had the highest number of transactions. Energy, Mining & Utilities had the most M&A value of any sector, with four of the top ten deals of the year coming in the sector. Key findings include: • North America witnessed 6,324 deals in 2018.