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Welcome to the newest edition of the Wolf Theiss Corporate Monitor's M&A spotlight on CEE/SEE.
As in previous years, the Wolf Theiss Corporate Monitor provides an in-depth survey of the current and prospective M&A environment in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe ("CEE/SEE").

Together with Mergermarket, we have analysed the M&A environment in 2018 and the outlook for 2019, with a particular focus on seven key sectors. In order to shed more light on statistical trends and to correlate them with actual experiences in completing deals, we have interviewed dealmakers from a range of industries as well as private equity firms who are routinely involved in regional corporate acquisitions.

We saw a considerable drop in M&A activity in 2018, but perhaps the most telling finding is that 99% of respondents would invest again in the region. While there are downside risks from the European and global economy, it is clear that CEE/SEE is an excellent region in which to do business. The region’s skilled workforce, location at the crossroads of Eurasia, and relatively low costs, continue to pay dividends. Governments compete for valuable foreign indirect investment (FDI), leading to further improvements in the business environment.

EU membership has integrated many of the region’s economies into the world’s largest single market, with even those outside the Union benefitting from access to the bloc and, in many cases, the benefits of the accession process.

We hope you will enjoy reading the Wolf Theiss Corporate Monitor's M&A Spotlight on CEE/SEE and that it will provide you with practical guidance in evaluating the potential for completing deals in a dynamic and changing region.

Kind regards,

Horst Ebhardt
Wolf Theiss
Tel: +43 1 515 10 5100
HOE
Horst Ebhardt Wolf Theiss
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