Like many markets over the past 12 months, M&A has been overshadowed by COVID-19. The pandemic introduced greater uncertainties and diverted management attention to more urgent matters. Yet, it did not cause the slump in deal activity that many might have expected. A slight fall in the number of deals reflects an active market in which many deals were delayed, rather than called off.

As we look ahead, strong market fundamentals suggest deal activity will continue to be robust in 2021. Businesses are learning to manage in the new environment, and considerable Private Equity dry powder is looking for a home. A greater use of data-driven analytics is meanwhile advancing the ongoing professionalization of dealmaking, and will enhance M&A prospects and value creation even further.

The headlines at a glance

Watch our short video to see how the Swiss M&A market performed last year, including the year’s top five deals and which industries drove activity. See the highlights of 2020 and our expectations for 2021.

Your guide to the Swiss M&A landscape

We have split our content into three sections. You can find the key deal statistics from last year, our insights into the drivers of activity by sector and our observations on the most notable transactions, and a full list of all deals involving a Swiss business.

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Facts & Figures

The most important deal statistics of 2020 and the list of the top 10 deals.

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Sector Reports

A sector-by-sector review of last year’s deals and what you can expect over the next 12 months.

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Deal List

A comprehensive list of all M&A transactions in 2020 that involved a Swiss buyer, seller or target.

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Digitally transforming the M&A approach

Data analytics is reshaping how we look at M&A. It is fundamentally transforming the way we work and how we realize value from a deal. To take full advantage, solutions and approaches must be deeply embedded within the M&A process. This is not without its challenges.

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