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Social media and online deal sourcing:  the new tool for your M&A toolbox

Intralinks’ article, Social media is changing M&A, discusses how social media platforms are surpassing their purpose as an easy way to keep in touch to become useful tools in deal-making strategies. Social media can provide an online network for deal sourcing which plays matchmaker between buyers and sellers to improve efficiency, communication, and secure information sharing. … Continue reading

M&A update in the global technology industry for Q1 2016

According to a report recently published by Ernst &Young (EY) entitled “Global technology M&A report: 1Q16 final look – Digital disruption, slow organic growth drive tech deals”, mergers & acquisitions in the global technology industry remained strong in Q1 2016, despite macroeconomic uncertainty particularly in the equity and debt markets. Interestingly, the deal volume in … Continue reading

Year in review: deal drivers in the Americas in 2015

Mergermarket recently released its 2015 full-year edition of Deal Drivers Americas (the Review). This comprehensive review of M&A activity in the Americas confirmed that 2015 was a year of mega-deals. Transactions involving giants such as Pfizer, Time Warner Cable, and Kraft contributed to an increase of 30% in M&A value, reaching a total of US$4.28 … Continue reading

M&A trends for 2016

The last 18 months has seen a rebirth in M&A. For the first time since the 2008 financial crisis, deal activity has reached pre-recession levels. This has been fueled by low interest rates, high equity prices and capital availability. CDI Global’s Managing director, Jeff Schmidt, has gone on the record stating that while it’s hard … 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

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

2015 is the year of technology M&A

In recent years past, global technology M&A experienced slow first quarters. But not this year – the first quarter of 2015 set new post-dotcom-bubble records for quarterly value and volume according to EY’s report on Global technology M&A. Overall, there were 981 technology deals with an aggregate value of US $77.1 billion – a higher … Continue reading

Future of private equity leveraged buyout financing optimistic

Recently, RR Donnelley sought the assistance of Mergermarket Group to interview professionals in the US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific about leveraged buyout financing. Mergermarket Group published its survey results on the environment of leveraged buyout financing in its April 2015 edition of the Venue Market Spotlight. Availability of buyout financing A majority of survey respondents indicates … Continue reading

M&A expectations on the rise

EY has recently released the 12th edition of its annual Global Capital Confidence Barometer, a biannual survey of more than 1,600 executives of companies in 54 countries, assessing various metrics in global mergers and acquisitions. Although 2014 marked the single largest increase in M&A since the financial crisis of 2008, for the first time in … Continue reading

M&A in Q1 2015: the results are in

The Mergermarket Group has published its Monthly M&A Insider – April 2015 report outlining trends and developments in M&A activity worldwide for the first quarter of 2015. In North America, M&A activity continued on the upward trend set in 2014. The first quarter saw 1,116 deals valued at US $338.8 billion, which was a 11% … Continue reading

How technology is changing M&A

There is no doubt that technological innovation has impacted the way that corporations interact and do business. Today, technology allows multiple corporate parties in different jurisdictions to communicate, access data, and exchange information instantaneously. In the context of M&A, it is often said that technological advancements such as online data rooms, corporate search services, and … Continue reading

Investing in the tech start-up industry: convertible debentures versus direct equity investments

Global tech start-ups had one of their biggest deal-making years in 2014. In Canada, “there are currently 10 times as many start-ups and entrepreneurs as there used to be, and 10 times as many angel investors who are trying to create value”. Funding for tech start-ups is often staged in “financing rounds” requiring the company … 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

Despite lower valuations in natural resources, M&A activity is up in Africa

The international market is betting on Africa’s growth. Major international players, including Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Carlyle, have entered the African market, and others such as Blackstone have expressed interest in doing so in the near future. The 2014 edition of Mergermarket’s Deal Drivers Africa report shows that Africa, like the Middle East, is home to … 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

M&A: a leading growth strategy in 2015

The economic fundamentals that drive M&A are back at pre-crisis levels, states a new survey published by KPMG. The number of acquisitions that companies will undertake is expected to increase in 2015: 82% of respondents plan at least one acquisition and 10% anticipate 11 or more acquisitions next year. Indeed, the survey suggests M&A is … Continue reading
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