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Investor confidence, disruption risk and US tax reform will continue to spur M&A activity

JP Morgan recently released its 2018 Global M&A Outlook report, predicting that 1) investor confidence from solid GDP growth, 2) disruption risk from technological change, and 3) opportunities from the passing of the US tax reform will drive significant M&A activity in the year ahead. Investor confidence In 2017, nine out of ten equity sectors … Continue reading

M&A outlook 2018: find out more

Over the last 18 months there has been substantial global, geopolitical uncertainty, including the run-up to, and the eventual election of President Trump in the US presidential elections, the fall-out from the UK’s “Brexit” referendum, the elections across Europe and the North Korean crisis in Asia. These events have had global implications but somewhat surprisingly global … Continue reading

M&A overview and outlook for Q4 2016

After the record breaking year that was 2015, MergerMarket’s 2016 Half-Year Edition reports that M&A activity in the first half of 2016 has fallen by 10% in total deals and 30% in deal value compared to the same time last year. Despite this decline, 2016 should be looked upon favourably so far, considering the worldwide … Continue reading

A global overview of M&A activity: August 2016

MergerMarket Group recently published its September edition of Monthly M&A Insider which reported on mergers and acquisitions activity around the world for the month of August 2016. More than two thirds into the year, August was no exception to the recent rather sluggish growth in M&A activity, especially compared to the record-breaking year for M&A … Continue reading

A global overview of M&A activity: H1 2016

MergerMarket Group recently published its July edition of Monthly M&A Insider which reported on mergers and acquisitions activity around the world during the first half of 2016, which was marked by a departure from last year’s record highs. Global M&A Global deal values fell by 26.8% to US$1.3tn across 7,794 transactions from H1 2015’s US$1.8tn … Continue reading

M&A update in the global metals industry

In the past, we reported on PwC’s ongoing analysis on M&A activity in the global metals industry. PwC released its most recent report in the series, entitled “Forging Ahead: First-quarter 2016 global metals industry mergers and acquisitions analysis” which breaks down the latest trends in the global metals industry, and provides insights into what the industry … Continue reading

An overview of global M&A activity: 2015 into 2016

2015 was an extraordinary year for global M&A activity. Mergermarket recorded almost 17,000 transactions worth a remarkable US$4.3tn. This topped the previous record set in 2014 by over 30%. The race for top performing sector this year was very close. Energy Mining & Utilities won with US$630bn in deal value; however, the top performers were … Continue reading

New Year’s resolution: buying & selling smart

2015 was a huge year for global M&A with deal activity reaching $4.2 trillion by the middle of December.  If 2016 continues at the same pace, be prepared for a big year of M&A activity. In order to be well equipped for the upcoming year, ask yourself the following two questions when contemplating an M&A … Continue reading

A global overview of December 2015 M&A activity

According to Mergermarket’s December insider, November 2015 was a record setting month for M&A activity. By the end of the month, global M&A value reached US$3.9tn which surpassed the 2007 full year record by almost 6%. This record came on a drop in volume by 1,228 transactions which further cements 2015 as the year of … Continue reading

Early-stage deal activity indicates modest growth for global M&A in Q1 2016

Looking ahead to 2016, Intralinks recently published its Deal Flow Predictor report (the Report) for Q1 2016, which tracks global, early-stage M&A activity in order to predict M&A deal volume in the coming quarter. Based on early-stage deal activity moving into 2016, the Report forecasts modest, positive momentum for M&A activity in Q1 2016, but such activity is … Continue reading

Global M&A appetite: executives continue to be hungry

Executives around the world have a strong appetite to pursue acquisitions, the highest in six years, according to Ernst & Young’s Global Capital Confidence Barometer (the Report), released at the end of October. The bi-annual Report details how despite market volatility, companies have confidence in deal-making and are pursuing growth opportunities and acquisitions at increasingly … Continue reading

Thomson Reuters reports healthy global M&A through Q3 2015

In its Global M&A Review, for the first nine months of 2015, Thomson Reuters reports healthy global M&A activity leading into the final quarter of fiscal 2015. The study reports increases in both deal value and deal volume across most jurisdictions and industry sectors. Global increase in both deal volume and deal value Thomson Reuters … Continue reading

A global overview of M&A activity

Despite growing concerns over the state of the Chinese economy, global M&A activity has been quietly growing. According to Mergermarket’s September insider, August 2015 was the highest valued August ever with US$297.8bn total deal value. This 12.7% increase came despite 335 fewer deals when compared to August 2014. The top sector was Industrials & Chemicals … Continue reading

Predictions for global M&A appetite

The recently published September 2015 M&A Predictor put out by KPMG uses important indices and projections to predict the global appetite for M&A in the upcoming year. Forward P/E ratios are used by KPMG as a guide for overall market confidence and net debt to EBITDA ratios are used to indicate the future acquisition capability of companies. … Continue reading

Early-stage deal activity points to a healthy global climate for M&A

Earlier this month, Intralinks published the latest edition of its Deal Flow Predictor report (the Report), which tracks global, early-stage M&A activity in order to predict M&A deal volume in the coming quarters. According to the Report, early-stage M&A activity points to a healthy climate for global M&A through Q4 2015. The Report’s midpoint forecast … Continue reading

Global M&A in the first half of 2015

Similarly to American M&A in the first half of 2015, the first half of 2015 was remarkably active on the global mergers and acquisitions front. According to a recent Mergermarket report, total deal value topped US$1.7 trillion. This represents an increase of 15.2% over the first six months of 2014, and only 15.4% behind the record-setting … Continue reading

A mixed bag for global M&A activity in April 2015

Mergermarket published its M&A Monthly Insider for May of 2015 earlier this week, summarizing M&A activity around the world, and particularly in the regions of North America, Central and South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Japan. To date in North America, there have been 1,516 deals worth US $407.2 billion. April 2015 … Continue reading

Momentum of global M&A strong into Q1 2015

Global M&A activity continued its surge in Q1 2015, marking another quarterly increase in deal volume on a trailing twelve month basis, continuing a streak of consecutive increases that began in the first quarter of 2014. The data, published by Deloitte in its M&A Index H1 2015, also measured a $20 billion increase in deal … Continue reading

Multi-jurisdictional merger control: a global transaction case study

Join us on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 for a breakfast seminar on multi-jurisdictional merger control: a global transaction case study. Register now Please join us as our panel of merger control lawyers from around the world will offer practical advice for in-house counsel on how safely and effectively to navigate the increasingly complex web of merger … Continue reading

Metals sector: a year in review and forecast for 2015

With Q4 2014 results in for the mining sector, industry focus can shift to what lies ahead in 2015. PwC recently released a report, “Metals Deals: Forging Ahead 2015 outlook and 2014 review” (the PwC Report) which includes a look back at the metals deal statistics in 2014 and provides some insight into what we … Continue reading

M&A trend summary: H2 2014

MergerMarket Group recently published its January edition of Monthly M&A Insider which reported on mergers and acquisitions activity around the world during the second half of 2014. Among other things, the report explains why 2014 was so hospitable to M&A activity, citing an improving economy, large cash reserves, low interest rates, and cheap financing as … Continue reading

Looking back on 2014: regional trends in global M&A

A look back on deal activity in 2014 undertaken by Mergermarket in its December 2014 Monthly M&A Insider reveals that North America dominated global deal value last year, hosting 48.1% of the value. Europe was next, with 27.3% of global deal value, but surpassed North America, dominating the global M&A scene in terms of deal … Continue reading
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