With the DACH post-pandemic recovery set to continue into 2022, big-ticket assets in pharma and technology are expected to attract international interest. This material was created in association with Mergermarket


Post-Covid boom brings high value opportunities in key industries for international dealmakers.

The DACH region experienced a rapid recovery in 2021 as dealmakers took advantage of the post-pandemic boom to acquire high-quality and high-value assets in key industries. The economic recovery seems set to continue in 2022.

There were more transactions in 2021 than in previous years, with an aggregate value 77% higher than the €129bn recorded in 2020 – the highest total on record.

Germany continued to dominate the DACH region with accounting for 72.1% of regional M&A.

Key sectors for M&A were industrials and chemicals (29%) and real estate (22.8%) plus pharma, medical and biotech, and technology. Private Equity players were very active, with the highest volume of buyouts on record.

Big-ticket assets in a range of sectors, including I&C, pharma and technology, will continue to attract international interest. There are some concerns about the continuing impact of Covid-19, given the low rates of vaccination in the region, but we are expecting a significant number of high-value transactions in the first half of 2022.

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