Real estate, pharma, industrial and chemicals, and technology deals are the key areas of global interest in an area renowned for its economic stability. This material was created in association with Mergermarket.

Enduring appeal of DACH assets draws in global dealmakers

The DACH region lived up to its reputation for economic strength and stability during the pandemic. Extensive government support and a rebound in global trade are now underpinning strong investment growth.

Austria is expected to record the strongest growth this year (3.4%), followed closely by Germany (3.3%) and Switzerland (3.2%).

As economic confidence grows so does the appetite for deal making, with a total of €98.4bn-worth of deals announced in H1 – up 37.2% YOY, and the highest half-year value in four years with Q2 deals reaching €54.6bn – the highest quarterly value since 2017.

Germany continued to dominate, with 520 deals (up 26.2% YOY) worth €75.2bn – up 46% compared to H1 2020, and the highest half-yearly deal value on record.

Of these, 333 involved interest from international buyers, with a deal value of €61.2bn, the highest H1 aggregate since 2017. US bidders were involved in eight of the 10 largest deals.

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