In contrast to the global M&A trend in 2017 (M&A dipped 3.2% in value compared to 2016), the Nordic market recorded its most active year on the Mergermarket records(since 2001). Consequently, the Nordics’ share of the total European M&As for 2017 stood at an all-time high sales, accounting for 12.5% of activity, ahead of both France and Italy (source: Mergermarkets “Global & Regional M&A Report FY 2017”).
In Admincontrol, we also noted a significant volume of M&A activity in the Nordic markets. 2017 was a strong year for Admincontrol and we saw a 27% increase in total sales for Virtual Data Rooms in the Nordic markets compared to 2016. This positive trend is continuing in 2018 where we had an “all-time high” in January in terms of data rooms sold.
Looking at last year more closely, we have noted the following trends: