Despite global economic headwinds and the inevitable uncertainty the elections will bring, we remain cautiously optimistic that provided government policy remains consistent and fiscally responsible, Ukrainian M&A will deliver a third consecutive year of growth in 2019, albeit probably in low single-digits.
Ukrainian M&A recorded a second consecutive year of double-digit growth in 2018, with 80 transactions announced, representing a 19 per cent increase over the previous year, and a total of USD1.8 billion invested, up by 78 per cent on 2017.
Although domestic buyers took an even firmer hold of Ukrainian M&A in 2018, accounting for around two-thirds of deal value and deal volume, international investors demonstrated continued confidence in the medium to long-term prospects of Ukraine, as inbound deal activity increased by 47 per cent.
Domestic deal-makers also showed an increased appetite for outbound M&A, with the amount of capital committed overseas in 2018, double the total amount invested in the previous two years.
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