Global deal activity down by 13.7% in November 2020, finds GlobalData

A total of 5,443 deals were announced globally during November 2020, which is a decrease of 13.7% over 6,304 deals announced during the previous month, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Aurojyoti Bose, Lead Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Global deal activity has remained inconsistent due to volatile market conditions since the COVID-19 outbreak and this is the second consecutive month of decline in deal volume. The decline could be attributed to subdued activity across all regions.”

An analysis of GlobalData’s Financial Deals Database also revealed that the deal volume during November remained below the monthly average of the third quarter of 2020.


North America continued to attract the highest number of investments, followed by Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and South and Central America. All these regions witnessed decline in deal activity in November compared to the previous month.

The uncertain market conditions lowered the deal volume in November for major markets such as China (by 1.4%), India (2.9%), Japan (6.5%), Australia (6.8%), Canada (9.1%), the UK (12.2%), Germany (13.2%), the US (15.9%), South Korea (22.1%), and France (35.7%) compared to the previous month.

All the deal types also witnessed a decline in volume during November compared to the previous month. Deal activity declined for mergers and acquisitions (by 9.6%), venture financing (15.5%), equity offerings (11.6%), debt offerings (19.9%), private equity (16.4%), and partnership deals volume (18%).

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