Tomorrow's Global Business

Guillaume Kellner

March 06, 2017

By Paul Hastings Professional

With the next French presidential election in April-May 2017, and the German election likely to be held in the late summer, political as much as economic events will be influential in shaping client sentiment toward deal making.

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To date, private debt has become increasingly interested and active in European finance, and this is a trend that is likely to continue for the right opportunities. Similarly, interest in cross-border deals which further cement brand values and market presence has slowed but not stalled—there was more volume heading out of the region than within it. EU outbound deals accounted for 44% of all cross-regional M&A value in Q3. Deals from the EU into North America saw record values with US$105bn from 121 deals, an increase of 32% year over year. Cross-regional EU inbound deal volume, however, fell by 24% compared to Q3 2015.

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