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More M&A Records in Sight for Europe After $1.8 Trillion Spree

  • European dealmaking is having its strongest year since 2007
  • Cheap U.K. stocks, telecoms and retailers the focus in 2022
Pedestrian pass a Carrefour City supermarket in Avignon, France.

Pedestrian pass a Carrefour City supermarket in Avignon, France.

Photographer: Jeremy Suyker/Bloomberg

If 2021 was a big year for European dealmaking, 2022 could be even better, with potential buyers seeking to put increasing amounts of cash to use.

M&A in the region is on course for its best year since 2007, with the value of all pending and completed deals standing at $1.8 trillion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That represents “almost two years in one,” according to Philipp Beck, EMEA head of M&A at UBS Group AG.