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M&A watch: Global deals up 22% in H1 as private equity confidence grows

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We continue to see very good levels of activity in the marketing services sector, with H1 2021 deal volume up by 22% on H1 2020 at 369 and 303 deals respectively, according to analysis from Results International.

Private equity continued to drive M&A in H1, both directly and through portfolio companies, as confidence in the space holds strong – so much so that six of the top 10 buyers in the period were private equity.

Meanwhile, S4 Capital remains the most active trade buyer over the first half of 2021.

The uptick in the public market is an ongoing positive sign as global economies continue their recovery.

The 369 transactions in the first half of 2021 continued the positive trend evidenced at the back end of 2020. Volumes fell by 50% in Q2 2020 when the impact of Covid-19 was first felt.

Our research shows that there were 190 and 179 deals in Q1 and Q2 2021 respectively, representing the highest quarterly volumes since Q1 2020, and we continue to see good levels of activity in the market and remain........

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