Romanian M&A transactions’ volume increased by 13 percent, while their value increased by 64 percent to EUR 3.24 billion.

“Romania is a successful example, with many local companies that became national champions capable of international expansion and a strong economic growth, which makes more and more possible the Romanian investments in the region,”  says Horea Popescu, partner, CMS Romania.

“The technological impact will be huge in financial field; banks, insurers and funds will have to reposition and reinvent business models as consumers appreciate more and more the advantages of digitalization,” says Cristina Reichmann, partner of CMS Romania.

In 2017, the emerging Europe exceeded the level of 2,000 M&A contracts.

The “M&A 2017/2018” report shows the tendencies from 15 emergent countries in Central and Eastern Europe- Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine, based on EMIS M&A data for 2012-2017, combined with comments and forecasts for 2018, supplied by CMS.

Overall, the emergent Europe registered another good year for M&A activity and closed 2017 with 2,113 transactions, by 6 percent more than in 2016. The transactions’ value reached EUR 71.5 billion, a decrease compared with 2016.

China’s investments increased by 78 percent, becoming the biggest foreign investor in the emergent Europe in 2017, according to “M&A Emerging Europe 2017/2018” report published by CSM in collaboration with EMIS.

“The transactions flow shows that CEE remains an essential target for the international investors, no matter if they want to benefit directly from its markets or to use them to produce goods for exports,” said Radivoje Petrikic, partner, CEE Corporate Practice, CMS.

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