The most recent global deal statistics have shown that the outlook remains pretty dark for the world’s emerging markets. According to figures published by mergermarket, the value of emerging markets deals plummeted by 24.1% in the first three quarters of a2012, down from $386.8bn in 2011 to $293.5bn. Significantly, it’s not simply a result of a drop in worldwide deals. Instead, it seems that investors are specifically turning away from these jurisdictions; emerging markets accounted for 23.5% of deals in 2011, but in the first three quarters of 2012 that fell to 15.8%.
However, this drop has not been reflected in the emerging markets of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). In fact, the CEE (excluding Russia) is currently the most active M&A region in Europe, with mergermarket counting 789 deals in the first three quarters of 2012. To put those figures into perspective, the Germanic region was second with 691 deals and the UK and Ireland were third with 640.