Report Introduction

As insolvencies of well-known brands continue to make headlines, the retail industry has seen its fair share of turmoil at the hands of fast-moving e-commerce giants such as Amazon.

This year, however, an unprecedented number of big ticket deals lead to a record-breaking start of 2018, demonstrating that the era of large e-commerce exits is far from over.

E-Commerce report just released (2H2018)

  • While transaction volumes didn’t see such a stellar increase, they still rebounded after dipping in 2H2017
  • The share of private equity transactions has soared strongly since the end of 2017
  • Huge consumer demand for e-commerce platforms in Asian markets such as China and India drives aggressive deal making

Executive Summary

Top Aquirers

Deal Geography

Where are the biggest deals happening in the world? Where should you concentrate your efforts to build buyers or disruptive businesses that could help transform your company?

A definitive list of the top acquirers: what does this tell us about the direction of the sector and how could this affect your company's M&A.

How much is your company worth? What should you be paying for your next M&A transaction? Get the essential overview on deal values.

Valuation Metrics

Motor Hampleton Partners tech M&A dealmakers

Top Buyers in the Report

Why has a new urgency returned to E-Commerce?

"As competition intensifies, established retailers as well as online players are buying out competitors or snapping up individual retail niches. Walmart’s $ 16 bn acquisition of a 77% stake in Flipkart, India’s biggest online retailer, illustrates this trend as well as the huge consumer demand for e-commerce platforms in Asian markets such as China and India. In addition, financial buyers are making up a larger part of the buyer universe than before , bringing new lustre to the sector."

Jonathan Simnett


Hampleton Partners

Jonathan Simnett, Director at Hampleton Partners, tech M&A dealmakers