07/Jan/2017

IMAP's transaction activity and performance in 2016

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Global M&A activity slowed in 2016 compared to 2015, due primarily to uncertainty stemming from political developments in the US and Europe. A number of blockbuster deals partially offset the slowdown. Cross-border interest from China and other Asian buyers helped prop up deal volumes in North America and Europe. While mid-market M&A also slid in 2016, signs of a rebound began to show in Q4. 

In 2016 IMAP closed 165 M&A and financing deals worth over US$4.8 billion in disclosed value. Average disclosed deal value was US$38 million. Consistent with IMAP’s track record, crossborder deals comprised 34% of yearly transactions. 31 deals in 2016 involved Private Equity. While industrials remained the leading sector with 30% of transactions, IMAP continued to leverage its sector expertise in closing deals across a wide variety of industries.

One of IMAP’s largest public M&A deals was closed by IMAP Colombia who advised the Colombian government on the sale of energy generator ISAGEN to Canadian owned Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners. In another notable transaction, IMAP Germany advised hand tool specialist Wera on its sale to Bitburger Holding.

IMAP continued to strengthen its international foothold in the last 12 months, welcoming new partners in several strategic locations: Poland, India and Spain.