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Germany: Cross Border M&A Yearbook

2017 Edition

Executive Summary – Cross Border M&A Yearbook 2017

The Cross Border M&A Yearbook 2017 (4th Generation) investigates both German Cross Border M&A deals for inbound and outbound activities, and exposure of different buyer types (strategic and financial) to different regions and industries. The report provides a historical trend analysis (FY15-17) for both deal value and deal volume highlighting a continued increase in deal volume in FY17 (6.7% YoY) and a not surprising decrease in deal value in FY17 (49.9% YoY) caused by the high deal value of the Monsanto – Bayer deal in FY16.

Additionally, the report examines the importance of different regions to Germany’s Cross Border M&A activities. The report shows that European Nations continued to be the strongest investors in Germany in FY17 (69.5% of deal volume and 60.1% of deal value). In fact, a Deloitte ranking of the top 10 countries as Acquirers and Targets names predominantly European nations in the top 10. Moreover, the report presents an overview of the top 10 inbound and top 10 outbound deals by deal value. While European strategic buyers dominated inbound deal value, German buyers predominantly invested in new technology and E&R.

The report further illustrates the inbound and outbound activity of corporate and financial buyers, and highlights the industries of special interest. In FY17, Cross Border M&A activity continued to evolve as macroeconomic outlooks were overwhelmingly positive and corporate profits remained strong.

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