Earlier this year, EUA produced a report outlining the variety of merger processes in Europe. The report highlighted horizontal and vertical mergers, and emphasized their spread as a policy solution in Europe since the year 2000. The report examined over 100 merger processes in 47 European countries.
Now, EUA has also produced an interactive map that visualises the various merger processes in Europe. The main aim is to provide an interactive map of instituional mergers in Europe. The data was collected through the DEFINE project, and builds on the report published earlier.
The definition of mergers on the website is following: “when at least one institution has ceased to exist as a legal entity, having been incorporated into either a new or existent institution”. For each of the processes, they collect a number of rather broad key data.
It is possible to view the map according to the various countries, or in a chronolocial manner according to year the merger took place (see the scale in the bottom of the map). While the tool is indeed primarily descriptive and the categorisations are rather broad, it provides a useful visualisation and mapping tool. So, if you looking for interesting cases of mergers to compare, perhaps this can be a starting point!