DUBAI, 27 February 2018 – A report launched today by global law firm Hogan Lovells sets out key deal trends for the year ahead in the GCC.
"Investment Outlook 2018: Transaction and deal trends in the GCC" is our second annual report focusing on the macroeconomic trends affecting the investment market in the following 12 months.
The 2018 report finds that Gulf economies and markets have transformed in response to three years of low oil prices, new regional leadership and a global world order in flux.
The tougher fiscal environment and renewed drive to implement diversification are reshaping the region’s investment landscape – and acting as a catalyst for a more active M&A market, led by privatisation in Saudi Arabia, banking consolidation and the emergence of a dynamic technology sector in Dubai.
In 2018, positive macroeconomic drivers are adding a boost to Gulf markets. Key developments which we expect to see this year include:
Imtiaz Shah, Head of Hogan Lovells' Middle East Corporate Practice said: "Despite improvements in the fiscal landscape in GCC countries, most Gulf states are continuing economic diversification and reforms which are required to improve their business environments and encourage investment.
This is an exciting time for investors, as relatively new markets become sources of great interest. For instance, with a rise in the need for digital solutions, high-growth tech companies aren't short of suitors willing to boost their cash flow. The consolidation of mature markets and privatisation will ensure a steady flow of M&A deals.
2018 is shaping up to be landmark year as previous groundwork translates into significant opportunities and regulatory changes open up GCC markets to further avenues of investment."
The full report is available to download at www.hoganlovells.com
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