Worldwide, the number of M&A transactions, year-to-date, has increased, year-over-year, by nearly 1%. While the Africa/Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Latin America/Caribbean regions have all seen increases of approximately 10%, it has been a different story for the United States/Canada and Europe regions. The United States and Canada have experienced a 1% increase, while Europe has suffered a 6% decrease.
It is no shock that M&A in Europe is slowing down as a result of the economic and political turmoil over the past couple years; however, it may be surprising that M&A activity in the other regions has seen such large gains. We believe that companies will continue diversifying into the Asia Pacific and Latin America regions as the uncertainty about Europe’s future continues.