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M&A Spotlight: CEE / Wolf Theiss Corporate Monitor FY 2019

We are very pleased to share with you the newest edition of the Wolf Theiss M&A Spotlight: Corporate Monitor for Central and Eastern Europe FY 2019. We are proud to release this in-depth survey in cooperation with Mergermarket, a leading intelligence and news service for mergers and acquisitions across the globe.

This report provides valuable insight into the M&A environment in 2019 and the outlook among dealmakers for 2020. 150 senior-level executives were asked to share their experiences and outlook on M&A in the CEE/SEE region and their expectations for the future. Although M&A value dropped again in 2019, the number of deals has held steady, and it is notable that the vast majority (89%) of respondents say their experience in investing in CEE/SEE has made them likely to invest again in the region. 

Key findings include:  

  • Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe (CEE/SEE) looks set to retain its position as a hub for M&A
  • Deal volume in the region held steady despite a global drop-off (8% decline in Western Europe, for example)
  • In 2019 Poland overtook Austria as the leading investment destination by deal value
  • The consumer and leisure and TMT sectors led the way in terms of deal volume and value respectively

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