May 14, 2020

Deal Drivers: France Q1 2020

In partnership with Mergermarket

Our new Deal Drivers spotlight report focuses on M&A trends in France in Q1 2020, and examines the state of the market, the impact of COVID-19 on transactions, and what lies ahead. Notably:

 

  • Despite Q4 2019 optimism, French M&A volumes fell by 16% in Q1 2020, the lowest level since Q3 2014;

  • PE has been a major presence in France’s largest deals in Q1, with PE firms connected to four of the top five and six of the 10 largest deals in France in Q1;

  • Business services was the only industry among the top three sectors of both total deal volume and value, and is one of the few industries that could thrive going forward;

  • After extending lockdown measures in April, the government estimates that France’s GDP will contract by 8% this year.

Read the full report to learn more, including the top deals and bidders, PE trends, and sector-specific information.

For more about EMEA M&A trends, download our Deal Drivers EMEA FY19 report and Deal Drivers: United Kingdom Q1 2020.

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