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Iberia: Trend Report FY 2021

Iberian M&A turns around in 2021 as corporates and private equity alike return to the peninsula

Iberia sees resurgence in dealmaking

The number of deals in Iberia rose by 29% on the previous year to 715 transactions—the highest of any year in Mergermarket history (since 2006). Value also rose year on year, by 19% to US$59.1bn. 

Private equity activity helped push deal activity to new highs. PE buyouts totalled 147 transactions worth US$23.2bn. This represented a 72% and 24% rise in value and volume, respectively. Exits, on the other hand, saw combined value drop from €17.4bn to €12.3bn, despite a 44% rise in the number of deals from 48 to 69 transactions. This pattern is perhaps due to the pressure on PE firms to invest their large amounts of capital – globally, private equity is estimated to have US$2.3tn in dry powder as of October 2021, according to S&P Global.

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