Overview of M&A activity in the Baltics in 2019

2019 - a challenging yet fruitful year for the Baltics

In comparison with a particularly successful 2018, there has been a significant decline in the M&A activity in the Baltics in 2019 with a decrease of 19% in the amount of announced deals. IT has kept the leading position in the three countries as the industry with the most deals announced in 2019, amounting to a total of 23 transactions, attracting significant interest form both financial and strategic investors. The most unexpected growth in M&A activity was seen within the financial services industry, especially in Lithuania.

The main reason for the decreasing levels of M&A in the Baltics can be attributed to the declining proportion of strategic investors as a consequence of insufficient availability of deal financing coming from traditional banks, mainly due to the decrease of their risk appetite and stricter KYC/AML regulations. As a consequence, the region did experience more traction coming from mezzanine funds and alternative lenders.

Industries with the highest number of announced deals

Largest deals in the Baltics

The most significant deals of Oaklins in the Baltics in 2019

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