Strong demand for M&A in 2019 is driven by industry convergence with a desire among buyers to deepen industry and digital expertise
By Ramone Param, Director, Equiteq
- Buyers expect to complete 5 acquisitions over the next 2 to 3 years
- Private equity expect to acquire 75% more businesses than strategic buyers
- The optimum turnover size for an acquisition rose 18% since 2016
- Strong demand for artificial intelligence, data analytics and Internet of Things capabilities
The Knowledge Economy Global Buyers Report analyzes the findings of our fifth comprehensive independent survey of global strategic buyers and private equity investors acquiring businesses across the knowledge economy. The report provides exclusive insights into current M&A trends among buyers that acquire knowledge-intensive services businesses across five segments: management consulting, IT services, media agencies, engineering consulting and human resources.
The following summarizes the main trends discussed in more detail in our recently published Knowledge Economy Global Buyers Report.