In the European aerospace & defence industry, there were 14 M&A deals announced in Q4 2023, worth a total value of $3bn, according to GlobalData’s Deals Database. The $732.6m acquisition of ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH by Hensoldt was the industry’s largest disclosed deal. GlobalData’s Aerospace, Defense and Security Industry Mergers and Acquisitions Deals by Top Themes in 2023 report helps understand the transformative themes fueling M&A activity in the industry. Buy the report here.

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In value terms, M&A activity in Europe increased by 131% in Q4 2023 compared with the previous quarter’s total of $1.3bn and rose by 128% as compared to Q4 2022. Related deal volume remained flat in Q4 2023 versus the previous quarter and was 7% lower than in Q4 2022.

The top-ranked financial advisors supporting these M&A deals in Europe in Q4 2023 were Rothschild & Co; GH Partners; Inspirit Partners with 3, 1, 1 deals respectively.

The top-ranked legal advisors supporting these M&A deals in Europe Q4 2023 were Allen & Overy; Bacciardi Partners; Baker & McKenzie with 1, 1, 1 deals respectively.

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This content was updated on 8 January 2024

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GlobalData’s Deals Database tracks global deal activity, including mergers, acquisitions, capital raising, strategic alliances, and licensing agreements. Proprietary analysis is used to group deals into key thematic areas and granular sectors across the world’s largest industries.

This analysis considers only announced and completed deals from the GlobalData financial deals database and excludes all terminated and rumoured deals. Deal type includes Acquisition, Asset transactions and Mergers.