Welcome to the second edition of Horizons in 2021, in which BDO M&A professionals around the world present their insights on mid-market deal activity and trends. Our theme for our second publication of the year, is building momentum after the strong bounce back in global mid-market M&A activity in the second half of last year.
In the UK and Ireland, Katharine Byrne, Head of the BDO Corporate Finance Team reports:
• Strong rebound in M&A due to pent-up demand and availability of capital
• Globalisation driving cross-border M&A activity across sectors
• 2021 expected to continue having high levels of M&A activity.
The most striking trend is the growth and growth of private equity led M&A since the onset of the pandemic. Private equity deal volume has gained share and aggregate deal value is breaking all records with in excess of USD 54m in the first quarter of the year and represents now 30% of all deal value.
As a global organisation with operations in most countries, BDO has been able to see how COVID-19 has affected sectors and regions differently by keeping in regular touch with our colleagues. This issue brings you up to date commentary on deal activity levels, active sectors and regions and provides in-depth analysis on potential activity in the next few months. We have seen further recovery in activity, particularly in North America and China, and our Heat Map is looking warmer than in the 2020 editions.
Download the full report for more information on markets all across the globe.
Content adapted from BDO Global
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