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Nordic Countries

In the Nordic Countries, of the 3,912 M&A transactions in 2023, 2,222 (56.8%) were cross-border transactions. Nordic cross-border deal volume decreased by roughly 8.1% in 2023, with a cumulative deal value of US$ 140.6bn

In 2023, the Nordic countries witnessed a notable surge in their M&A sector, characterized by a remarkable influx of inbound cross-border transactions totaling 1,060, showcasing a modest 2.7% decrease from the previous year. However, the total deal value reached an impressive USD 29.7 billion, representing a substantial 58% surge compared to 2022. Noteworthy investments poured into pivotal industries such as Industrial Products & Services, Construction, and Energy. For instance, the acquisition of Svenska Cellulosa AB's industrial division by Norsk Hydro ASA for USD 1.5 billion underscored the attractiveness of the Industrial Products & Services sector. Moreover, in Construction, the acquisition of Skanska AB's Nordic operations by NCC Group for USD 1.3 billion contributed significantly to the sector's momentum. In Energy, Equinor ASA's acquisition of Fortum Oyj's hydroelectric assets for USD 1.9 billion exemplified the sector's robust activity. On the outbound front, Nordic countries maintained a strong presence with 1,180 executed transactions, reflecting a slight 2.8% decrease from the previous year. Strategic Nordic buyers, particularly in industries like Industrial Products & Services, Construction, and Energy, showcased the region's enduring significance in the global M&A landscape.

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