Record-breaking level in Swiss M&A activities

Following COVID-19’s restrictions on M&A activity in 2020, both the global and Swiss M&A markets saw a significant comeback and record-breaking level of activity in 2021. Then, in 2022, when Swiss SMEs participated in 244 transactions as either the buyer or the target, a nearly 5% increase from 2021, this record was surpassed. This increase was mostly brought about by a 25% increase in outbound transactions. This led to the first time since we began the analysis in 2013 that cross-border deals accounted for more than 70% of all Swiss SME transactions, together with a decline in domestic M&A. An abundance of M&A transactions in the IT services sector (48 transactions, or 20% of the total) is another aspect of 2022.

Dealmakers had to contend with challenges from a variety of angles, including rising inflation and interest rates, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, issues with the supply chain, and a decline in the stock market. In H1 2022, M&A activity reached record highs, but in the second half of the year, the market showed a marked increase in caution.Concerns about the possibility of stagflation emerged as a result of the combination of a more bleak economic outlook and anticipation for greater prices.


Source: Deloitte study 2023 – M&A activity of Swiss SMEs


Looking for a First-Class Business Plan Consultant?