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A new report by Aequo and Mergermarket reveals that prospects for Ukrainian dealmaking in 2016 are positive, despite a challenging 2015 which saw deal volume decrease by 24% to 26 deals and disclosed values reach €134m ($150m), compared to €768m ($831m) in 2014. In a World Bank report released in January, Ukraine’s economy is predicted to make a modest rebound (from -12% in 2015) with growth of 1% in 2016 and 2% in 2017 and 2018. This would be supported by an easing of the armed conflict in the east and continued progress on Ukraine’s IMF-backed reform programme, the World Bank forecasts.

Overall, these efforts provide a supportive climate for M&A activity in 2016 and beyond. “Subject to the continuing stabilisation at the macro level, we expect more investment in Ukraine this year,” says Denis Lysenko, a managing partner at Aequo law firm.

The green shoots of Ukraine’s recovery can be traced back to September 2015, says Anna Babych, a partner at Aequo, who points out the firm has seen a sharp rise in the number of requests for proposal for M&A in recent months, from local players and from foreign law firms . Broadly, there are two types of M&A deals in Ukraine – foreign-to-foreign transactions, which are larger in size, and the purely mid-size local deals. The latter tend to be mid-sized deals of the $20m-30m magnitude.

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A new report by Aequo and Mergermarket reveals that prospects for Ukrainian dealmaking in 2016 are positive, despite a challenging 2015 which saw deal volume decrease by 24% to 26 deals and disclosed values reach €134m ($150m), compared to €768m ($831m) in 2014. In…