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M&A Attractiveness Index 2015

Moeller, S. & Appadu, N. (2016). M&A Attractiveness Index 2015. London: Mergers & Acquisitions Research Centre (MARC), Cass Business School, City, University of London.


Since 2009, following the financial crisis, on average 38% of annual M&A activity has taken place in ‘non-traditional’ M&A markets, i.e. excluding North America, Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan (Exhibit 1). This steady level of activity follows an increasing proportion of global gross domestic product (GDP) for these ‘non-traditional’ markets in the same period, currently 62% according to the IMF's 'World Economic Outlook Database’. The development of more robust legal systems and increased political and economic stability has also encouraged the rapid growth of domestic and inter-regional M&A activity in many countries within these markets, along with cross-border deals between developed and emerging countries.Now in its sixth year, this MARC M&A Attractiveness Index provides an update based on 2015, ranking a total of 147 countries worldwide. The Index provides each country with a percentage figure which indicates its attractiveness for M&A purposes, i.e. its ability to attract and sustain business activity. The proprietary methodology for ranking and assessing a country’s attractiveness for M&A activity has been developed by the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School, London.

Publication Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Publisher Keywords: M&A Attractiveness Index
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Departments: Bayes Business School > Finance
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