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Poland sees strong rise in M&A activity in H1


Poland is currently the most dynamic M&A market in Central and Eastern Europe alongside Russia, with deals of "unprecedented scale" being finalised, Jaroslaw Iwanicki, partner at the Warsaw office of UK law firm Allen & Overy, said during the presentation of the company’s new report, Global M&A Trends H1 2011. Mr. Iwanicki pointed to the recent sale of mobile operator Polkomtel, "one of the biggest and most technically complex M&A transactions in years", or the acquisition by foreign investors of TP Emitel, a leading terrestrial TV and radio broadcast infrastructure operator, or spices group Kamis. This led to a "significant" increase in the value of M&A deals completed in Poland in the first half of the year.

The report, which does not include detailed country breakdowns, shows that the value of deals in the region rose by 52% y-o-y in H1 and exceeded $50.5bn (approx. €35.5bn). The sectors where the bulk of M&A activity is concentrated are energy, telecommunications, food, and retail, the report notes.

The global value of M&A deals rose by about 30% y-o-y in H1 to $1.08bn (€758m).

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