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  • Horizons 2019 | Issue 2

    Global view of M&A deal activity


Horizons 2019 | issue 2

17 July 2019

Welcome to the second edition of Horizons 2019, in which BDO M&A professionals around the world present their insights on mid-market deal activity and trends.

In the UK and Ireland, midmarket M&A sank in the first quarter of 2019, as fears of a no-deal Brexit put a halt on corporate activity. Only 93 midmarket deals were announced during the quarter compared to an average of 150 transactions for the previous twelve quarters.

Issue 2 of 2019 also contains:

  • Various M&A activity reports from around the globe
  • Special feature: Searching for stability and  prosperity in Central America
  • Sector views:
    • Building products & services
    • Natural resources
    • Industrial & chemicals

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About BDO Horizons

Each quarter we analyse global mid-market deal activity across a number of major regions and selected sectors around the world; offering you a satellite view of how the M&A market is evolving – and where it appears to be heading.

It includes expert commentary on recent trends, predictions for the coming year and forecasts of sector activity through our heat chart which predicts the most active sectors for company sales. Whether you are active on the buy or sell side or just alert to the latest opportunities, Horizons will provide you with invaluable insights into where and why investment is flowing, giving you more of the mid-market knowledge and insight you need. 

Issue 2 of 2019 includes:

  • Global view – First sharp dip in global activity for five years
  • Special feature – Searching for stability and prosperity in Central America
  • North America – Q1 mid-market M&A activity slows to levels not seen in recent years
  • UK & Ireland - Deal activity is subdued and dampened by extension of Brexit, but there is pent-up demand
  • Building Products & Services - Sector sees unprecedented M&A in 2018
  • Natural Resources - North America and China continue to lead the way in deal making activity
  • Industrials & Chemicals - Political and economic concerns likely to impact M&A activity in 2019.

In a global market of bewildering activity and endless choices, we provide some of the context necessary to navigate it.

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