Zephyr recently released first quarter Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) figures for 2014, revealing that deals targeting companies based in Western Europe declined for the third consecutive quarter and volume slipped to the lowest recorded since Q3 2012. A similar trend was evident in the Nordics in the last available quarterly report (Q42013) where value fell by 17 per cent in Q4 2013 as a result of fewer big ticket deals announced during the quarter.
A bright spot was the Middle East, with the value of deals targeting companies there increasing by a whopping 57 per cent in Q1 2014 to USD 3.06 billion up from USD 1.94 billion in Q4 2013. The volume increase was boosted by three very large transactions, which accounted for 57% of the total. In Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) M&A failed to continue the momentum achieved in the previous quarter, which marked a two-year high.