Global M&A transaction volume within staffing, outsourcing services and software and technology industries (collectively, “Human Capital Management” or “HCM”) in the first half of 2020 declined 38% from last year. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and related shutdowns resulted in a sharp decline in Q2 2020, with many deal processes delayed as buyers wait out the current uncertainty.
Strategic buyers continued to dominate M&A activity in the sector, accounting for 92% of industry transactions. Staffing-related transactions comprised the majority of HCM deals. All sectors of the HCM industries were adversely impacted by COVID-19 in 2020, all were down from H1 2019 M&A activity levels.
North America remained the most active region in H1 2020, while the EMEA region increased as a percentage of global volume (38% from 31% last year).
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Find out more in the latest issue of CFI’s Human Capital Management M&A Pulse – United States – Q2 2020