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Resourceful dealmaking: Outlook for M&A in Africa

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Resourceful dealmaking: Outlook for M&A in Africa


The global M&A trend for higher values and lower volumes has made its way to Africa. Whilst the first half of 2017 saw value fall dramatically, there are a number of optimistic signs which point towards a revival in the market in 2018.

This report provides valuable insight into the African M&A market from senior-level investors, from within and outside Africa. It also highlights the continents rising stars, creating investors with fresh opportunities to do business.

 

Report highlights include:
  • Political uncertainty and relatively weak economic fundamentals have negatively affected M&A activity within the African continent. A fall-off in deals was seen in the first half of 2017 compared to a relatively buoyant 2016.
  • Political risk will be a major obstacle to dealmaking in Africa over the next 12 months, according to 84% of respondents. Other risk factors include transparency concerns and completeness of information, which ranked joint highest alongside political risk (84%), and compliance and integrity issues (80%).
  • Ethical and compliance considerations are another major influencing factor on African M&A. Almost three-quarters (72%) say that getting caught up in a regulatory or criminal investigation is one of the highest risk in relation to a target company’s ethics and compliance standard.
  • For some of Africa’s continents, 2018 will see greater political stability and a more favourable economic and business environment which is expected to boost M&A activity in the coming year.
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