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Irish M&A in 2019 – Seller’s Market is Predicted to Continue

Posted on February 18, 2019 By in Irish M&A + Mega-Deals + Seller's Market

Looking back at deal activity in 2018 within the Irish market, there was a strong appetite for deal making as, while the volume of transactions dipped slightly, the 440 transactions recorded by Experian is at the higher end of the typical annual volume, and the value of transactions hit €92bn, up from €31bn the previous year. This was boosted because of an increase in large and mega-deals, with seven €1bn plus deals announced during 2018, up from six in 2017. However, it was the €52bn acquisition of Dublin-headquartered drug maker, Shire PLC, by Japanese pharmaceutical company Takeda that dominated the deal landscape.

Not only was this the largest transaction of the year, but it was the biggest corporate takeover in Irish history, in a year characterised by high-value M&A in the global pharmaceuticals space – a trend that looks set to continue into 2019.

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US Hive of Deal Activity from Increasing Outbound Investment

Statistics for H2 2018 have shown that the US is a hotspot for deal activity as it has been the recipient of increasing outbound investment, particularly within North West England as, according to Deloitte, nearly 40 per cent of the North West’s transactions involved a US company.

The US’ position as an attractive prospect for investment was highlighted by the A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index’s 2018 report, as it topped the table for FDI for the sixth consecutive year, as well as secured a higher score than the previous year.

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What Do Major Mergers and Acquisitions Mean for Small Retailers?

It seems as though every other day, the headlines announce a new acquisition among major retailers. The giants in the industry are diversifying their products, sucking up more stock, and building mighty kingdoms that boutique and small business owners can’t even throw stones at. How can these smaller businesses possibly compete? First, take a look at what’s happening…

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