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DACH: Trend Report FY 2021

The DACH region handled the worst of the pandemic with a welcome sense of composure. Well-run public healthcare and a generally high rate of trust in government helped curtail the direst consequences of the crisis, especially in Germany, the region’s key economy.

Engine of Europe is revving up, but not worry free

While M&A in both volume and value terms in 2020 was down from the year before due to the collapse in activity recorded in Q2, the end-of-year economic recovery carried over into 2021 and seems set to firm up in 2022. According to the IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook, German GDP suffered a decline of 4.6% in 2020, but is expected to grow by 3.1% in 2021 overall and by 4.6% in 2022.

The DACH M&A market recorded meaningful year-on-year increases. There were 1,491 transactions in 2021, up on the 1,249 logged the year before and higher than the pre-pandemic figures from 2019 and 2018.

The aggregate value of those deals was €229.6bn, up 77% from the €129bn recorded in 2020 and the highest total on record (record starting in 2006).

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