Public M&A Trend Report 2018

Public M&A Trend Report 2018

Public M&A Trend Report 2018

The Market Tracker trend report provides in-depth analysis of the 42 firm and 49 possible offers announcements made for companies subject to the Takeover Code in 2018. It includes insight into public M&A trends and what we might expect to see in 2019 and beyond.

Topics covered include:

  • transaction structure
  • deal value and volume
  • hostile takeover activity
  • industry focus
  • public-to-private transactions
  • UK and foreign bidder activity
  • post-offer undertakings
  • disclosure of bidder’s 2019 intentions
  • legal and regulatory developments

The report includes analysis of high profile transactions, including Melrose’s 2019 hostile offer for GKN and the competing bids for Sky by Fox and Comcast.

Key highlights:

Public M&A deal volume was slightly down in 2018 compared with 2017. However, this was offset by a substantial rise in deal value, with aggregate deal value of 122.1bn in 2018 (2017: 45bn) and average deal value of 2.9bn (2017: 959.5m). Of the 42 firm offers announced in 2018, 17 (40%) had a deal value of 1bn or more. The first three quarters of 2018 were particularly

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Market Tracker is a unique service for corporate lawyers housed within Lexis®PSL Corporate. It features a powerful transaction data analysis tool for accessing, analysing and comparing the specific features of corporate transactions, with a comprehensive and searchable library of deal documentation across 14 different deal types. The Market Tracker product also includes news and analysis of key corporate deals and activity and in-depth analysis of recent trends in corporate transactions.