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The growing appetite of Swiss dealmakers

Clarity on Mergers &
Acquisitions

In Food & Drink, customers are demanding ever more ethical,
healthy and customizable products. Dealmakers are satisfying the hunger for change through impressive dealmaking.

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Cross-border deal flows

It has long been expected that China would feed its global growth ambitions by acquiring western companies. In 2017, some of the largest Swiss deals were purchases by Chinese groups. Yet overall, the US held on to first place for both inbound and outbound Swiss deals. Within Europe, the UK dominated inbound transactions, while outbound Swiss activity centered on France.

North America

11,333

Bidder CH

32,092

Target CH

Europe

17,025

Bidder CH

2,590

Target CH

South America

1,391

Bidder CH

16

Target CH

Africa

2,006

Bidder CH

Asia-Pacific

4,069

Bidder CH

5,465

Target CH

Middle East

41

Bidder CH

7

Target CH
Bidder
Switzerland
Target
Switzerland
Values in USD million

Another strong Swiss performance

2017 saw a record number of transactions involving Swiss businesses in the past ten years, with the exception of 2014. And for Private Equity, by far the highest number of deals over this period. While total deal values did not hit the same record, a respectable performance exceeded USD 100 billion.

Number and value of deals
per year
Value of deals (USD billion) Number of deals 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 180 160 120 80 40 Value of deals (USD billion) 100 200 300 400 Number of deals

Number of deals and percentage
per industry sector 2017
17%
14%
14%
14%
9%
7%
5%
4%
16%

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Clarity on Mergers & Acquisitions

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Further information

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