In the European tourism & leisure industry, there were 28 M&A deals announced in Q4 2023, worth a total value of $2.7bn, according to GlobalData’s Deals Database. The $1.3bn minority acquisition of Manchester United by Jim Ratcliffe was the industry’s largest disclosed deal. GlobalData’s Travel and Tourism Industry Mergers and Acquisitions Deals by Top Themes in 2023 report provides crucial insights into the M&A activity including the themes driving the top deals within the travel & tourism industry. Buy the report here.

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In value terms, M&A activity in Europe increased by 328% in Q4 2023 compared with the previous quarter’s total of $630.8m and rose by 275% as compared to Q4 2022. Related deal volume decreased by 26% in Q4 2023 versus the previous quarter and was 47% lower than in Q4 2022.

The top-ranked financial advisors supporting these M&A deals in Europe in Q4 2023 were Lazard; Rothschild & Co; Ernst & Young Global with 4, 3, 2 deals respectively.

The top-ranked legal advisors supporting these M&A deals in Europe Q4 2023 were DLA Piper LLP (US); Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Osborne Clarke with 3, 3, 3 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.