AbstractAuthor: Maximilian MarxTitle: To the influence of the European financial market regulation on cross-border bank M&A activities in EuropeThe masters thesis examines the cross-border M&A activities of banks as their growth strategy (cross-border bank M&A) in the European Union (EU) in the period between the years 2000 and 2016. During the last thirty years the European financial markets are experiencing a continuous deregulation. Especially the so called Single Market Project of the EU has extensively reduced the fiscal and physical barriers for the cross-border movement of financial services across the EU. However, in response to the financial crisis 2008, the EU introduced significant regulatory requirements for banks to hold equity capital for risky assets and improve their risk management. Moreover, the EU established a comprehensive System, the so called Banking Union, to ensure a proper supervision of the financial market and provide harmonized resolution plans to foster financial stability. This area of tension between a liberal and restrictive market requires an investigation. Particularly because the cross-border consolidation of the financial market is much less significant than the domestic consolidation.The aim of the masters thesis is to illustrate the current coefficient of consolidation of the European financial market and the analysis of certain barriers and incentives to further integration. Therefore, the regulatory environment will be discussed as key influencing determinant. The Analysis is conducted through a combination of methods. Applied analytical tools are a literature review together with a comprehensive data analysis and a written questionnaire.