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Poland enters top 30 of world’s most attractive M&A markets


Poland has climbed two positions to 30th in the world in terms of attractiveness for mergers and acquisitions (M&A), according to the latest edition of the annual M&A Maturity Index, a publication by Ernst & Young and the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School in London. The country’s overall “M&A maturity” score remained unchanged at 66%.

The Index ranks 148 countries in the world on their ability to attract domestic and cross-border M&A deals, based on a total of 23 factors grouped into five categories. Poland does particularly well on “socio-economic factors”. It received a score of 87% for this area, the same as in 2011, including 92% for human capital, the best result in Europe. But the one domain in which its score improved compared with 2011 is “regulatory and political factors”, i.e. its relatively weaker point according to the report (48%, up from 46%; but it should be noted that this score masks sharp differences between its component indicators, with a very high evaluation of political stability but low scores for enforcing contracts or completing formalities). The other three factors also showed the same values as in 2011: “economic and financial factors” at 59%, “infrastructure and assets” at 65% and technological factors at 74%.

By way of comparison, the Czech Republic is ranked 21st with a M&A maturity score of 71%, Hungary came 29th (67%) and Slovakia 35th (65%).

The United States heads the list, followed by Singapore and the UK.

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