Q1 insights and 2022 outlook 


Transitioning from 2021 into Q1 2022, we saw deal volumes continuing to remain buoyant with high levels of capital available. The appetite from both private equity investors and corporates also remains strong, and currently shows no signs of slowing down as we progress through the first half of 2022. 
 

Deal activity across 2021 was exceptional across the market with our activity at unprecedented levels. Across Europe we saw over 600 transactions completed by RSM Network Firms. 

In Q1 to Q2 2022, supply chains around the world remain under great pressure amid persistent challenges created by the pandemic, and issues such as the chip shortage that threatens trading performance in many industries from software to automotive. The war in Ukraine is adding to those challenges particularly where Russia is a key part of the supply chain, such as for commodities and raw materials. 

Whilst the level of available capital creates the potential for high levels of M&A activity to continue into 2022, the risk and uncertainty to the wider economy from the conflict in Ukraine is likely to cause decision makers to pause before they sign investment agreements. 

This new report published by RSM International brings together market insights from transaction advisers in countries across Europe, the US and Latin America, and finds that the dealmaking volumes of 2021 show no signs of slowing in the first quarter of 2022. 

With high levels of capital available and continued strong appetite for quality targets from both private equity investors and corporates, RSM predicts a busy 2022 for middle market M&A.

"We are seeing investors begin to consider the theme of ESG. We expect this trend will develop as private equity firms analyse the impact of ESG on future exits and investments."

Deal activity across 2021 was exceptional across the market with advisory support delivered by RSM at unprecedented levels. 

Across Europe we saw an extraordinary volume of deal activity with over 600 transactions completed by RSM Firms. 

Transitioning from 2021 into Q1 2022, deal volumes remained buoyant with high levels of capital available. 

The appetite from investors remained strong and shows no signs of slowing in 2022.

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