Global dealmakers: M&A outlook 2023

Report 25 May

Global dealmakers: M&A outlook 2023

Global executives agree: Cross-border M&A remains a strategic priority in 2023

Mergermarket is pleased to present Global dealmakers: M&A outlook 2023, published in association with Baker Tilly International.

Despite a rising tide of macroeconomic and geopolitical challenges, our survey of 150 global dealmakers shows that many are sending strong and clear signals that they will continue to pursue M&A deals in 2023 and beyond. 

In fact, most respondents say that current challenges – including inflationary pressures and uncertainties caused by the war in Ukraine – are creating opportunities for deals.

Specifically, cross-border M&A has been key to recent strategies – and this will continue as dealmakers search the globe for opportunities. Most dealmakers (82%) have completed a cross-border deal in the past year – and 7% who said they haven’t are now prioritising opportunities outside their home markets.

This report looks at the trends and challenges shaping the market for global M&A in 2023 and beyond, providing insight into arising opportunities and where they can be found.

Highlights include:

  • Global positivity: 52% of respondents say global M&A will increase in the year ahead
  • Opportunity in uncertainty: 46% say that rising inflation and geopolitical challenges are actually making them more likely to engage in cross-border M&A
  • Key markets: 59% say they are looking for M&A opportunities in Western Europe, followed by 46% who have their sights set on North America
  • Strategic priorities: Increasing market share and geographic expansion are the top two deal drivers for cross-border M&A among respondents – and many others say digital transformation is key to these deals
  • The mid-market: 78% say the mid-market (deals valued between US$15m and US$500m) will see the most activity in the year ahead – and more than half (55%) who have already completed mid-market deals say these transactions met or exceed expectations and delivered value 
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