2015 was a turbulent yet, based on the number of transactions concluded, modest year for M&A in Switzerland. The Swiss M&A Awards’ jury of professionals – made up of Monika Ribar, Hubert Achermann, Thomas Held, Dirk Schütz and Patrik Kerler – has now distinguished those companies that implemented M&A in a targeted, efficient manner in this fickle environment:
Two security technology companies, Dorma of Germany and Kaba of Switzerland, have merged to form the dorma+kaba Group and are now the world’s third-largest company in this industry. The jury felt that this was the most impressive international deal with Swiss involvement of the past year: The newly created company holds significant synergy potential and boasts impressive long-term and global opportunities for growth.
As Switzerland’s leading media enterprise, Tamedia has taken over a substantial Swiss brand in the online market with its acquisition of Ricardo.ch. This strategic takeover strengthens Tamedia’s position as leader in the online segment and expands its digital portfolio to 13 companies. In recognition of this M&A deal, Tamedia has been presented with an award for the year’s most impressive national transaction.
SGS has conducted 14 deals over the past year, although in most cases a confidentiality agreement was reached regarding the purchase price. SGS had already made more than 10 international deals back in 2014. The jury has decided to present the award for the most active Swiss company to SGS for its energetic M&A activities. The strategic objectives of SGS will continue to facilitate further investments in the next few years, as well, the primary aim of which will be to enter new markets and develop an even more differentiated range of services.
“The year to date has been characterized by scattered large-scale deals as well as various M&A activities in the small- and mid-cap segment. Despite the existence of macroeconomic uncertainties, it can be assumed that the Swiss M&A market will be volatile yet active over the course of 2016,” says Patrik Kerler, Head of M&A at KPMG Switzerland, in his assessment of the current situation.
|Past winners||Most impressive M&A transaction||Most active deal maker||Best national M&A transaction|
|2012||Zurich Insurance Group||ABB/Nestlé||Bell|
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