Transaction trends and flagship deal involvement

13 April 2012

In 2010 global M&A deal volumes were still half that of 2008 and 2011 was a tale of two halves; the first being the best six month stretch since 2008, while the second was noticeably slower.

For ERM, 2011 and early 2012 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.

Flagship deals in the O&G, Mining, MCP and Infrastructure Sectors have driven ERM's performance. Growth in Private Equity and a strong Project Finance Market have been significant in the last 12 months.  Major trends seen advisory work ERM have participated, reflect those in the market:

  • Acquisition of unconventional upstream assets and divestiture of downstream assets by the oil & gas super-majors,
  • Large mergers, project expansion and refinancing in the mining sector,
  • Consolidation in the chemicals & pharmaceuticals sectors,
  • The sale of infrastructure assets.

ERM was involved in international deals with significant activity in developing economies in Latin America, Eurasia, Africa and Asia Pacific as the BRICS-based multinationals completed cross-border deals. Activity in North America and Northern Europe was strong with the return of significant PE activity and large trade mergers. Activity in Southern Europe has been slightly slower, affected by the Eurozone crisis. Below is a snapshot of some of the key deals we have worked on over the past year. 

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Many commentators are predicting that 2012 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.


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