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M&A monitor 2017

12 June 2017

In contrast to a decreasing trend on the international mergers and acquisitions market in 2016, the Belgian M&A market has experienced further growth, particularly with regard to medium-sized and smaller deals. The demand exceeds the supply. Although transaction prices are rising, they are still acceptable. Anyone wishing to sell a profitable business these days can easily find a buyer. This can be explained by the fact that bank financing has become easier, as well as increased interest by foreign players in Belgian companies.

This was revealed by a survey conducted among 120 Belgian M&A consultants and experts, including corporate finance advisers, bankers, lawyers and private equity investors. The respondents are primarily engaged in medium-sized takeover deals worth between 5 and 50 million euros. The study examined their experiences on the M&A market and the deals in which they were involved in 2016, on the one hand, and their expectations for this year, on the other. This edition of the annual M&A Monitor was compiled under the leadership of Professor Mathieu Luypaert of the Vlerick Centre for Mergers, Acquisitions & Buyouts in collaboration with Bank J.Van Breda & Co, BDO and Gimv.

M&A Monitor 2017

  • Preface
  • Method
  • About the respondents
  • The Evolution of the Belgian M&A Market
  • Valuation
  • Deal structuring & Financing
  • Deal Process
  • Cross-border M&A
  • Trends & Challenges
  • Final Thoughts