In terms of internationalisation, the business acquisition market is currently making great strides. The vast majority of European entrepreneurs expect an increase in international acquisitions over the next ten years. Of this group, 40% expects the acquisition wave to be mainly between European companies, while 12% is of the opinion that mainly US companies are targeting the European market. Countries with coastlines (England, Belgium and the Netherlands) also expect more influence from Asian businesses in the future.
The study shows that Germans are leaving their door to other countries wide open: Of them, 60% are interested in buying or selling abroad. In England (from 28 to 40%) and Denmark (27 to 61%) the hunger for a foreign adventure increased the most. Where England is concerned, Brexit seems to be having an impact: Of all Britons, 38% are looking to expand the abroad sales market to achieve growth through an international acquisition.