European bank CEOs are beginning to focus more closely on merger and acquisition opportunities. Deleveraging, regulatory pressure for reform and the need for banks to operate more profitably mean that a wide array of financial sector assets will be sold in the next few years. Up until mid-2013, financial sector asset sales have proceeded slowly. However, several factors will help underpin M&A activity in European banking sector assets for some time to come.
The article offers a multidimensional view of European bank M&A. It provides historic background and considers the factors bringing European bank assets to the market. Thisleads to a thematic analysis of M&A value creation and a review of acquirers expected to feature in the next M&A wave.