European companies eye coronavirus-era M&A

By Mariam Meskin, Mike Turner
06 Aug 2020

Companies across Europe are shifting their aspirations from surviving the coronavirus pandemic to making the most of the economic opportunities it may present. Both loan and bond bankers are seeing more requests to help clients fund M&A. In the last few weeks, multiple companies have signed loans linked to acquisitions and more are expected after the summer.

Lockdowns to stop the spread of the pandemic shut down acquisitions earlier in the year, as firms quickly lurched into raising survival liquidity instead.

“We haven’t seen a thing since March,” said a partner at a major debt advisory firm. “Then just this week, we had two companies ...

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