Mergermarket has just released its latest comprehensive review of European M&A - 'Deal Drivers', a report published in association with Clifford Chance and Merrill Datasite. Included in the report is a European M&A 'Heat Chart', which looks at what sectors have the best current deal flow potential.
Please note that this is not an historical analysis of which sectors have been hot, but rather an indication of what sectors are likely to be 'hot' going forward.
The following league table is based on 'companies for sale' in each sector as tracked by mergermarket between 01.01.2006 - 18.10.2006.
1. Consumer - 350
2. Industrials & Chemicals - 303
3. Financial Services - 271
4. TMT - 253
5. Business Services - 162
6. Energy / Mining / Utilities - 158
7. Leisure - 125
8. Pharma / Medical / Biotech - 95
9. Transportation - 90
10. Construction - 65
Source - mergermarket