Europe Tops 2015 M&A Forecast Amid More Industrial, Tech Deals

Merger and acquisition activity in Europe, the Middle East and Africa is set to outpace the rest of the world in the next six months, according to data from Intralinks.

The data company’s latest Deal Flow Predictor forecasts that M&A activity in Europe will climb 14.4 percent over the next half year, compared to the same period in 2014, and rise 13.3 percent across the whole of the EMEA region. Early stage M&A activity in North America is expected to rise 13.2 percent.

The report predicts future M&A volumes by tracking deals that are in the early stages or have reached due diligence, and which are typically about six months away from being announced.

“2014 was a year of recovery in global M&A markets, and 2015 has started very strongly,” said Philip Whitchelo, Intralinks’ vice president of strategy and product marketing. “Dealmaking looks set to remain especially robust in the U.S. and EMEA.”

Manufacturing, industrials, technology and consumer industries are poised to see the most deal activity worldwide, according to Intralinks. European M&A volumes will be boosted by Germany, where early stage activity is forecast to rise 26 percent compared to the same period last year.

Uncertainty about the outcome of the U.K. general election on May 7 is likely having an impact on dealmakers, who may be taking a more cautious approach to M&A until a new government is formed, the report said.

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