Offshore-i — second quarter 2013: insight into the world of offshore transactions

Welcome to the sixth edition of Appleby’s Offshore-i, which is produced on a quarterly basis to provide insights into the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity going on in the major offshore markets.

In this report, Appleby analyses the transactions that took place in the second quarter of 2013 across all of the key offshore jurisdictions around the globe. Never before has it been as clear that these international financial centres play a crucial role as links in the global supply chain, supporting trade and investment flows worldwide. When it comes to the value of deals completed in the second three months of the year, at $31.6bn (£19.8bn) the offshore region ranks sixth globally. During the second quarter (Q2) of 2013, businesses incorporated within offshore borders were the subject of transactions worth more than those into Oceania and Africa combined.

The second quarter of 2013 presents a positive picture. The number of deals done, and the value of those deals, remained broadly flat as against Q1, giving room for hope that there may be some stabilisation of transactional activity levels after several years of volatility. In the offshore markets, we see a figure of about 500 deals per quarter emerging as a norm for deal volumes, and with data recording 493 deals in Q2, as against 491 in Q1, business confidence is now stabilising…

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