Some companies and sectors have been battered by the coronavirus crisis. But on the whole, M&A activity in Europe has remained surprisingly steady in the first half of the year, buoyed by a stream of mega-deals. Investors completed €563.6 billion worth of European mergers and acquisitions from January to June, on pace to top last year's annual figures. The reasons for the market's resilience are the subject of our Q2 2020 European M&A Report, which examines a boom in healthcare deals, a reduction in carveouts, and several other key highlights from the year, including:
- M&A activity is flourishing in the B2B space, with particular interest in enterprise software.
- Cross-border dealmaking remained healthy in H1.
- The long lag time between a deal's announcement and its completion means a slowdown in new mergers could still be to come.