Finnish M&A market update

May 2020

The Finnish M&A market update covers M&A transaction volumes, deal returns, corporate cash holdings and development in number of transactions. 

Our findings:

  • Finnish M&A market experienced strong growth in the last decade, COVID 19 crisis will drive deal volumes down
  • The COVID-19 pandemic escalated in March, but only had a marginal impact on announced Q1 deal volumes
  • The previous deal downturn provided the best returns for PE firms similar opportunities may rise from current crisis
  • Corporates have record amounts of cash on their balance sheets downturns can provide higher returns for dealmakers
  • During the financial crisis, deal volumes declined by ~50% but rebounded in less than 2 years to near record levels
  • After the financial crisis M&A activity recovered after 1-2 years recovery may be faster due to historically low interest rates.
Quarterly M&A transaction volumes in Finland



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Ilkka Simula

Ilkka Simula

Partner, Deals Strategy, PwC Finland

Tel: +358 (0)20 787 8522

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