Risky business: European investment conditions and cross-border transactions

“Despite the current uncertainty and global supply chain issues, due diligence demand for cross-border transactions remains buoyant. Unsurprisingly, energy and tech are topping investor interest. Germany is confirmed as a strong attractor, having invested heavily in computing technologies and artificial intelligence.“

Annual report

Our key findings include:
  • Expansion into new geographies will be the most important priority for respondents’ M&A strategy over the next 12 months (22%).
  • A significant number of respondents (45%) expect at least half of the deals they will undertake to be cross-border in nature.
  • The two biggest pitfalls to look out for when doing a deal in a new jurisdiction are cultural barriers (27%) and regulatory issues (also 27%).
  • On average, organisations outsource just under 60% of their pre-deal due diligence.
  • The most important factor driving respondents’ engagement with third-party advisers is improved risk management, attracting 40% of first-place votes.

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