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Global deal activity remains flat in Q1 2022

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

With a total of 17,745 deals, the global deals (including mergers & acquisitions, private equity, and venture financing deals) activity mostly remained flat in Q1 2022, said a study.

This is a marginal increase of 0.8% over the 17,601 deals that were announced during Q1 2021, according to GlobalData.

However, deal activity showcased a month-on-month fluctuating trend in Q1 2022 with February witnessing a decline in deal volume followed by a rebound in March.

According to the report, although deal activity showcased a slight improvement in Q1 2022, many of the key global markets suffered setbacks due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict and more COVID-19 outbreaks in many countries. The new COVID-19 variant may also hamper global deal activity in the coming months.

North America continued to account for the highest share of deal activity but witnessed a 4.7% decline in deal volume going from 7,907 deals in Q1 2021 to 7,534 deals in Q1 2022. Similarly, Europe witnessed a decline in deal volume by 4.1% in Q1 2022.

In contrast, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa, and South and Central America regions witnessed an improvement in deal activity by 11.6%, 24.9%, and 28.9%, respectively.

Deal activity witnessed declines in many of the key global markets in Q1 2022 compared to Q1 2021 such as the US (by 3.5%), China (5.3%), Canada (14.6%), and the UK (17%) and Germany (8.8%).

However, countries like India, Japan, France, South Ko......................

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