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Publish Date

Dec 15, 2022

A New State of Play: Europe and Middle East M&A Outlook 2023

Merger and acquisitions (M&A) in Europe and the Middle East have seen a marked slowdown in 2022 as corporate and financial acquirers turned cautious amid rising economic anxiety. Dealmaking in the region dropped by 11% from January to October 2022, compared with the same period of 2021, according to MergerMarket data. Private equity-led activity took the biggest hit, falling by 23% in value in the period, and contributing heavily to the overall decline. While M&A activity remained resilient in the first months of 2022, it lost momentum as macroeconomic conditions deteriorated throughout the year. In this article, we will explore the reasons behind the recent cooldown in deals, the key trends in the M&A market in 2022 and how they are likely to shape activity in 2023.

In our latest report you will find:

1. M&A activity in 2022

2. Quarterly stats on deal number activity

3. Comparison with 2021

4. 2023 Outlook: A new dealmaking environment?

5. Upcoming trends shaping the M&A market:

– Dry powder, Bolt-on acquisitions, Smaller deals, Carve-outs, Winners and losers, ESG and Distressed M&A

To read the full report, click here.