Property conglomerates in Europe are revelling in a stronger market, while those in other regions are largely being left behind in a sluggish market. Spurred by a rise in stock prices, low interest rates and growing boardroom confidence, M&A shifted into higher gear after suffering for years in the wake of an economic malaise. In the fourth quarter of 2015 the volume of property takeovers in Europe picked up, with US$420 billion worth of deals - 23% higher than a year earlier. Real estate related M&A was strong too, hitting US$34.9 billion. Mergent believes that, given the strength of the US-dollar against the Euro, a new wave of investments from China and developing interests from South Korean companies, M&A in Europe is expect to grow into greater heights in 2016. #MergentInc #industryreports #property
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