Oaklins M&A Market Report 2020

A detailed analysis of the M&A market with German counterparts

We look back on a challenging M&A year 2020 with a quite promising year-end rally. After experiencing the strong negative impact of the Corona outbreak in the first half, the German M&A market has been showing signs of recovery, despite of the increasing number of reported Corona patients over the last months. How sustainable is the recovery of the market? How strong was the impact of the virus outbreak on the M&A activity with German counterparts in 2020? What are the expectations for 2021?

Please read the answers to these questions in our Oaklins M&A Market Report 2020.


In our report, we analyze all transactions with German counterparts in 2020 and show which industries were able to benefit from the crisis and which sectors were particularly negatively affected. We compare the activity of financial and strategic investors and investigate which countries were most active in cross-border transactions. The good news: Especially during the second half of 2020, the M&A market has shown first signs of immunity against the pandemic. Decreasing uncertainty about the implications of the virus, digital solutions, and a continuing expansive monetary policy enhance the successful execution of M&A transactions.

For 2021, we expect an increasing number of M&A transactions compared to last year.

We are looking forward to get in touch with you.

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Dr. Florian von Alten Hamburg, Germany
Managing Partner
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Dr. Bastian Breitmayer Hamburg, Germany
Senior Associate
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Felix Daetz Hamburg, Germany
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