Private Equity: Creativity in the Clouds

Private Equity, The Netherlands | Report | Q2 2022

With geopolitical tension arising in Q1 2022, followed by increasing inflation, higher interest rates and bigger concerns of an upcoming recession, we have entered a more challenging dealmaking environment.

Nevertheless, Q2 2022 showed a strong number of closed deals compared to Q1. Albeit lower than in the record-breaking 2021 year, the second quarter was well above historical average, as can be read in our report.

M&A activity in the Netherlands

After a slight slowdown in M&A activity in Q1 2022, M&A activity in the Netherlands picked up again. Compared to 2021 however, 2022 started relatively slow with 565 deals during the first half year, which is a 9% decrease showing the first signs of a market that is coming at ease after the post-pandemic frenzy.

When looking in further detail, a strong rebound is present in April (100 deals) and May (112 deals), as the impact of the geopolitical turmoil on targets' current trading become clearer. However, with recent surging interest rates and worries about a recession, dealmaking dropped again in June (83 deals), reporting a strong decrease of 26% with respect to May.

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