German M&A levels reach seven year record

Driven by strong domestic activity, the level of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the German market has reached a seven year high, according to the latest data jointly conducted by the ZEW institute and Bureau van Dijk.

As of August 2016, the monthly average of M&A in Germany reached 96 index points, the highest level since 2009, with the level of M&A rising more or less consistently since 2011, the data revealed.

“German businesses tend to be particularly attractive to other German businesses”, comments Sven Heim, scientist at the ZEW Competition and Regulation department which collects the data.

“The number of transactions with a German takeover target has generally increased, but the number of German domestic transactions has increased at a relatively faster pace, with more than 60% of the deals being closed between German businesses” he stresses.

At the same time, the share of European firms looking to acquire German businesses has also increased from 10% of all transactions in 2012 to 14% in 2016.

Mona Dohle
Mona Dohle speaks German and Dutch, she is DACH & Benelux Correspondent for InvestmentEurope. Prior to that, she worked as a journalist in Egypt and Palestine. She started her career as a journalist working for a local German newspaper. Mona graduated with an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS and has completed the CISI Certificate in International Wealth and Investment Management.

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