Mergers and acquisitions continue to grow in 2022 in Latin America

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With emphasis on Brazil, the region registered more than US$ 50 million in added value of transactions in the period.

Despite all the challenges faced by the economy and society last year, the M&A sector (mergers and acquisitions) recorded significant numbers in the first half of 2022 in Latin America, both in terms of the number and size of transactions, with a total of 1,621 mergers and acquisitions, between announced and closed, for an aggregate value of US$ 50.094 million, according to the latest report by Transacional Track Record, a study prepared in partnership with Aon and Datasite.

The study showed that the second quarter of 2022 alone featured a total of 385 mergers and acquisitions, between announced and closed, for an aggregate value of more than US$ 14 million in Latin America. Compared to the same period in 2020, at the height of the recession due to the covid-19 pandemic, there was a 55.5% growth in the number of M&A transactions in Latin America.

Also according to the survey, Brazil led the ranking of the most active countries in the region since the beginning of 2022, with 1,130 transactions in the first half of 2022, representing an increase of 3% compared to the same period of the previous year, reaching US$ 31,294 million in mobilized capital. Next comes Mexico, with 191 transactions and US$ 7.438 million in capital moved.

Regarding the industries that grew the most in the Latin American M&A market, the technology and financial sectors showed a very important increase in the pace of transactions. Although promising, they have a liability risk component, as well as cyber risks, which are extremely critical and need to be well evaluated when acquiring a business.

Article originally published in Exame.

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