Middle East Set For M&A Boost In 2017

The economic slowdown across the Middle East triggered by the slump in the oil price since mid-2014 has wrought significant change and presented sizeable challenges. But challenges are also throwing up significant opportunities as companies study how to consolidate their existing strengths and pursue new growth paths.

As a result, merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the Middle East appears to be on the cusp of a significant increase.

The value of announced M&A transactions with any Middle Eastern involvement reached $37.4bn during the first nine months of 2016, a 19% increase on the value recorded during the same period in 2015 and the highest first nine month total in the region since 2010, according to the quarterly investment banking analysis for the Middle East region published by Reuters on 24 October. (CONTINUED - 1147 WORDS)