The Americas have seen dealmaking activity ease off in Q1 2022, continuing a trend observable since mid-2021. Aggregate deal value amounted to US$545bn in the opening quarter of this year, 16% down from Q4 2021 and a full 25.2% short of the same period last year. Deal volume was also down on Q4 2021’s figures by 5.8% to 1,857 transactions, 27.5% less than Q1 2021.
These year-on-year drops are striking. However, the pandemic experience makes it difficult to draw like-for-like comparisons, given that the lifting of government-mandated lockdowns and subsequent release of pent-up demand caused never-before-seen gyrations in deal activity.
Zooming out and taking the appropriate perspective, deal activity is actually as healthy as it has ever been and, at least at the surface level, reasons for optimism remain.
Published in association with Datasite, Deal Drivers Americas provides an in-depth review of M&A activity in 2022, as well as an outlook for the year ahead.
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