KPMG advised on the most merger and acquisition (M&A) deals in Ireland during 2021 according to the latest Mergermarket Global and Regional M&A report. This is the third consecutive year KPMG has topped the table as leading Financial Advisor on Irish M&A transactions by deal volume.

The report outlines a significant increase in deal volumes in 2021 reflecting the extremely buoyant M&A market in Ireland, driven by business confidence and the availability of capital.  While technology and healthcare again drove a lot of deal activity, there were significant deals across most sectors including food/agri and industrials.  

Deals

Notable deals KPMG advised on over the course of the year included:

  • Advised Glanbia Co-op on the acquisition of the remaining 40% of Glanbia Ireland
  • Advised Brookfield Renewable on the sale of its Ireland and UK onshore wind platform to Orsted
  • Advised a leading Irish logistics company, Dixon International Transport, on the sale of a majority shareholding to Erisbeg
  • Advised the shareholders of Integrity 360 on its transaction with August Equity
  • Secured private equity investment for SF Engineering, a leading food equipment manufacturer
  • Advised Cubico Investments Ltd on the sale of Cordal Windfarm to Greencoat Renewables Plc
  • Advised Vitruvian Partners LLP on its investment in Carne Financial Services Limited
  • Advised management on the MBO of Dortek, a specialist door manufacturer

Reaching client ambition in 2021

Commenting on the league table results, David O’Kelly, Corporate Finance Partner, KPMG said: “2021 was an incredible year for M&A activity in Ireland. Ongoing COVID disruption created a very difficult environment for some sectors and businesses, but amidst the uncertainty, it’s clear there is significant appetite from businesses to expand and seek new opportunities. This confidence is further bolstered by the unprecedented levels of capital available to deploy.  I’m delighted our teams have successfully supported so many clients in reaching their ambitions in 2021 and wish these businesses continued success in 2022.”

Get in touch

The pace of change is challenging leaders like never before. To find out more about how KPMG perspectives and fresh thinking can help you focus on what’s next for your business or organisation, please get in touch with David O'Kelly of our Corporate Finance team. We’d be delighted to hear from you. 

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