M&A activity in Denmark and Europe continues to rise to record levels in Q2 2021
The M&A activity in the second half of 2020 and in the first half of 2021 shows very positive signs, both in Denmark and Europe. The number of transactions in Q2 2021 breaks the record set in the first quarter of 2021, which indicates a promising development for the remainder of the year as buyers and sellers of companies are increasingly looking beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Denmark, the second quarter of the year offered a record high level for Danish company sales. After a challenging first half of 2020, a clear recovery was seen towards the end of 2020 and in the first half of 2021, where the total amount of Danish transactions is at a record high.
When looking at the European M&A-market, the level of activity in Q2 2021 also reflects a clear upward trend. The number of transactions is rising, even after a strong Q4 in 2020 and even stronger Q1 2021, and the total number of transactions is also at a record high, reflecting a continued strong market.
The number of Danish companies sold has increased to a new record level, higher than any previous Q2, demonstrating a strong transaction appetite from both buyers and sellers. The record likely reflects a slight element of catch-up from transactions that were put on hold due to COVID-19, but the activity level gives an overall picture of a highly confident market.DANIEL SAND – MANAGING PARTNER, OAKLINS DENMARK
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