European M&A activity has increased in the
past year with deal volumes up 26.6% from 3,685 to 4,665 and
average deal values rising from €327.6bn to €492.6bn, according to
a new study.

This is good news for professional services
firms that specialise in transactions advisory services.

The mergermarket study noted that the UK and
Ireland, Germany, France and Central and Eastern Europe had the
highest levels of M&A activity.

Sector-wise, the majority of the activity was
in industrials and chemical, consumer, technology, media and
telecommunications.

In terms of deal value, mergermarket said
transactions of €501million and above have increased by 74% on 2009
data. Private equity played an important as the number of buyouts
increasing from 634 to 935 and their average value grew from €29bn
to €71.8bn.

Mergermarket, which monitors M&A activity
across the world, predicts Central and Eastern Europe will see the
highest number of M&As in the coming year.