The increase in deal flow in 2010 has seen ERM’s Transaction Services Practice involved in a significant number of Flagship deals

07 February 2011

Whilst global M&A deal volumes are still half that of 2008, last year saw a significant increase in the number of transactions taking place across a wide range of sectors. Increased activity was particularly prevalent in the latter part of the year.

The return of Private Equity deals sitting on dry powder for the last 18-24 months, focus on:

  • consolidation in the Manufacturing, Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals sector,
  • mega-merger of strategics,
  • divestiture of down stream assets by the Oil & Gas super-majors and
  • IPO of state-owned infrastructure assets continue to be strong themes in the market.

ERM was involved in international deals with significant activity in North America and Europe, and significant investment into the BRIC countries. Also notable is the rise of the BRIC-based multinations completing cross-border deals in Europe, North America and Africa.

We have seen growing interest in broadening the scope of environmental diligence to include "forward-looking" issues such as sustainability, product stewardship and climate change. Below is a snapshot of some of the key deals we have worked on over the past year. Click on the image to see a larger version of this illustration.

Many commentators are predicting that 2011 will be a strong year for M&A activity, and to date we have seen a strong start to the year with several flagship deals being announced; a number of which ERM has been advising on.

We look forward to continuing to provide our clients with innovative and responsive environmental diligence advisory services on M&A transactions.

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