Rothschild was involved in 306 deals in Europe between January 2015 and May 2016, which puts it in first place in the European M&A market in terms of deal count. Lazard held the second place and Goldman Sachs third with 172 and 144 deals, respectively.
Rothschild is the undisputed leader when it comes to advising on mid-market M&A deals in Europe (deal size of US$ 100 – 500 million). From January 2015 to May 2016, the bank advised on 69 deals valued at just over US$ 16.2 billion in the mid-market category, putting it in first place in terms of both value and volume of deals. The bank has consistently ranked first in European mid-market M&A since 2011.
In terms of sector and geographic experience, Rothschild topped the list in the UK healthcare sector across all categories (small, mid and large cap) in 2015, with 16 deals worth US$ 7.9 billion. It was the number one player in the UK Consumer Goods sector with 8 deals worth US$ 2.4 billion, and was also among the top 3 in UK Industrials.
Similarly, in France, Rothschild was among the top 5 mid-market M&A players in Healthcare, Industrials and Consumer Goods sectors.
A key factor behind Rothschild’s consistent success is the strength of its advisory team. The M&A team at Rothschild has the capacity to advise its clients on the best possible strategy, while focusing on quality to achieve smooth execution. This is made possible by the fact that every team has access to the combined experience and connections of peers active in 40 countries and in various sectors, as well as to the exceptional market knowledge brought in by the bank’s debt advisory, restructuring and equity advisory specialists.
Performance in European M&A market was primarily driven by the rebound in the Eurozone’s economic growth, clocked at just over 1.9% in 2015 and 0.6% in the first three months of 2016. Factors behind this economic growth were mainly the rise in household spending and private investment.
The mid-market sector, in particular, benefited from corporate investors’ hunt for growth through acquisitions of mid-sized relatively safe businesses with proven growth potential.
With economic growth likely to remain strong, forecast at circa 0.4% for second quarter of 2016, and well-funded corporate investors still looking to invest in businesses with a strong asset base and a bright future, the prospects for mid-market M&A are likely to remain strong, in the non-service sector at least.
Sources: Merger Market, Trading Economics
Affan Bin Mahmood