Argentina

Maria Shakespeare, Ramon Moyano, Carolina Carolina Serra, Ramón Moyano, Roberto Crouzel,

"Argentina’s M&As activity levels during the second half of 2018 and 2019 so far have decreased with regard to the preceding years mainly due to the fact that 2019 is an election year (presidential elections and governor elections in some jurisdictions took place in October 2019) and that triggers is a general attitude of ‘wait and see’..."

Czech Republic

Dagmar Dubecka, Sasha Stepanova

"We would say there is definitely an evolving upswing in activity for M&A in the Czech Republic, such that activity levels are approaching those levels prior to the financial crisis..."

Egypt

Omar S Bassiouny, Ingy Heshmat, Mohamed Aldegwy

"The Egyptian economy is currently witnessing major M&A activity, fuelled mainly by regional, international and local private equity and financial institutions..."

France

Christopher Theris, Hubert Segain, Noémie Laurin

"In the first half of 2019, M&A deals in Europe decreased by 57 per cent in value compared to the same period in 2018 (US$287 billion, the lowest over a six-year period), while acquisitions involving French companies in the first semester of 2019 totalled US$74.9 billion in value, a decrease of 31 per cent compared to the first half of 2018..."

Germany

Alexander Schwarz, Martin Viciano Gofferje

"Trade war, Brexit, gloomy economic outlook, profit warnings and stock market losses – at the end of 2018, an imminent market correction seemed almost inevitable..."

Mexico

Rafael Samano
Samano Abogados, Samano Abogados SC

"M&A activity in Mexico has enjoyed a good run in recent years, although levels in terms of principal investment and number of deals remain low when compared to Brazil, which continues to lead the region, and only slightly above Chile..."

Switzerland

Christoph Neeracher, Philippe Seiler, Raphael Annasohn

"While in the first half of 2019 the number of M&A deals with Swiss involvement slightly decreased when compared to the figures in 2018, the overall transaction volume (US$82.1 billion) is up by 5.3 per cent on a year-on-year comparison (in 2018 there were 168 deals worth a total US$78 billion)..."

United Kingdom

Ben Spiers, Clare Gaskell

"After the boom for M&A in 2018, this year has been somewhat slower. Having said that, the three predictions we made last year have come to fruition – being private equity continuing to look at public targets, big-ticket private equity deals and increased government intervention..."