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      Global M&A volumes in the first nine months of 2014 outstripped those seen in any of the past five years. Figures from Thomson Reuters reveal that deal values in the year to September hit $2.66tn, 60 per cent higher than during the same period in 2013, but the true picture has been more stop-start.

      Freshfields has advised on some of the year’s biggest and most complex transactions, and our work gives us a unique insight into the market. Our fourth annual global M&A survey identifies five trends, from the rise of dual tracks to an increase in regulatory intervention, as well as providing an insight into the market norms for key deal terms.

      Please contact us to arrange a suitable time to discuss our survey with you.

    • Please get in touch with your regular Freshfields contact or:

      Sundeep Kapila
      Partner
      T +44 20 7832 7186



  • M&A trends


     
    • Strong capital markets making dual tracks the "new auctions"

      50% of potential IPOs followed dual-track route

      30% ending in IPO - 70% ending in M&A

      Proceeds of private equity-backed IPOs increased by 605%

       
    • Public M&A under new spotlight

      Shareholder activism is driving transactions

      Tax inversions provided a brief market boost

       
    • Deal terms continue to polarise around US vs European models

      Some limited areas of convergence

      Increase in warranty & indemnity insurance helping to bridge the gap, particularly in private equity deals

      Some instances of split jurisdiction, eg UK deals looking to Delaware courts for protections

       
    • Trend towards alternative strategic investments

      Asset swaps in pharma & energy sector

      Joint ventures and minority stakes prevalent in Asia

      Co-investment by limited partners in Asia, US & EU

    • Regulatory issues potentially the biggest stumbling block

      Increased level of deal conditionality

      Timescales significantly longer

      Greater level of intervention

       
    • 2013 $73bn - 2014 $186bn

      Europe • UK • Germany • Spain • Benelux • Asia • Asia Pacific • China
      Emerging Markets

      Ranked by value
      Thomson Reuters

       
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