Bloomberg 1H 2018: Ellex leads the Eastern European M&A market by deal count

Bloomberg has announced the top legal advisors in 1HY 2018 by releasing the latest global and domestic M&A rankings. According to the results, Ellex holds the dominant position in the Eastern European M&A market by having advised on a total number of 32 deals with a value of USD 1,050 million.
Additionally, Ellex is the only Baltic law firm that is ranked both in the M&A category in the Nordic region deal table (by deal count), and European M&A deal table (having advised on a total number of 37 transactions).
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A selection of M&A trends in 2018 1HY:
  • Global: merger and acquisition activity reached $2.1 trillion in 1H 2018, representing a 36.4% increase from the same period last year.
  • Global: Private equity activity increased 22.5% year-on-year to $518.6 billion in transactions.
  • EMEA: Deal volume for EMEA-based targets increased 34.8% from the same period last year to $527.5 billion.The United Kingdom was the most sought-after country in 1H2018, with $182.4 billion in transactions.
  • EMEA: The communications sector was the most targeted industry experiencing a year-over-year growth of 658.7% and accounting for 20.3% of the transactions for the period.
Bloomberg M&A delivers up-to-date coverage of the M&A market and provides a global perspective and local insight into unique deal structures in various markets through a network of over 800 financial and legal advisory firms, ensuring an accurate reflection of key market trends. The league table rankings are a leading benchmark for legal and financial advisory performance.
To view the Global M&A Market Review 1H 2018, please click here.