ISSUE 2 | 2022
WELCOME WELCOME TOTHE SECOND EDITIONOF HORIZONS IN 2022, INWHICH BDO M&A PROFESSIONALS AROUNDTHEWORLD PRESENT THEIR INSIGHTS ON MID-MARKET DEAL ACTIVITY ANDTRENDS
North America has continued to take the largest share of deal activity, whilst China has lost a big share, probably reflecting the return of lock downs in the country. The TMT sector continues to see the largest share of deals and predicted activity. In our sector view, we look at TMT, Natural Resources and Real Estate. Cybersecurity is the driver of a strong M&A start to 2022 for TMT. On Natural Resources, we see a dip in recent deal activity and believe that the energy transition is set to rive future M&A in the sector. On Real Estate, we analyse how inflation is likely to have a strong effect on the sector.
The cover may have been a big give away, but our special article for this edition focuses on Ukraine, and we thank our resilient M&A colleagues there who continue to work and participate in our global M&A business, despite what they are enduring. Focus on the Ukraine is a balanced view on the country and looks at the future of M&A activity and what the country itself will look like after the end of this terrible war. Zooming out, the outstanding global deal activity following the beginning of COVID seems to have settled to more manageable levels for M&A practitioners. Private Equity has continued to make up a larger proportion of completed deals at levels that are higher to pre-COVID, both in volume and value.
Along with the market, we experienced a record breaking year with 2,020 deals completed which also saw BDO ranking in top position in global M&A league tables. We are delighted to be recognised as No. 1 M&A advisor globally by Pitchbook . We hope that you enjoy this edition of Horizons and look forward to focusing on happier themes in future Horizons publications. Stay safe and well.
SUSANA BOO INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE FINANCE COORDINATOR
JOHN STEPHAN HEAD OF GLOBAL M&A
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