The German M&A market remains strong in 2016. According to the latest FINANCE M&A Panel deal activity remains at a high level with increasing activity in the small cap segment. International buyers are becoming increasingly active in the German market including buyers from emerging markets and increasing activity by Chinese buyers. Price expectations remain high and diverging price expectations the most relevant deal breaker. Major M&A motivations reported by the panel M&A advisors and investment banks include accelerated growth, expansion of product and technology portfolios as well as industry consolidation.