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Clarity on Mergers & Acquisitions
Swiss deal flows hit record high
Clarity in 100 seconds
Talking deal trends with CNN Money
Timo Knak explains how Swiss deals reached a record of almost 500 transactions in 2018, with more than 150 involving Private Equity. Describing this as a healthy sign for the Swiss business landscape, he notes how the focus is on Swiss businesses buying abroad. This very targeted approach to international M&A follows a period of Swiss industry having realigned strategies and refined corporate set-ups.
Asia became the main source of acquisitions of Swiss businesses in 2018 by deal value. As well as Hitachi’s purchase of ABB’s Power Grids unit, pockets of activity included most of the Swiss Luxury Goods firms sold in 2018 being bought by Asian companies. Deal values with North America also surged, with two large transactions into Switzerland coming from Bermuda.
Values in USD million
New record for deal volumes
2018 demonstrated the continued firepower of Swiss industry. The number of outbound deals by Swiss companies was around double the number of inbound transactions. And record deal volumes were seen in a number of industries including Financial Services and Consumer Markets, supported by a peak in Private Equity activity.
Number and value of deals per year
Number of deals and percentage per industry sector 2018
SECA’s General Secretary Maurice Pedergnana on how Private Equity makes the Swiss national economy stronger, can kick-start a company’s development, and the vital expertise and perspectives it brings to businesses across industry sectors.
SMEs benefit enormously from PE investors’ knowledge and influence.