Mergermarket M&A Forum Australia 2024

The premier M&A forum in Australia

Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney and Online

15 Oct

Private capital: Hunting for deals

While headline deployment has slowed, largely due to a drop-off in large-cap deals, there is a view that deal activity will pick up in the second half of 2024 as valuations normalise and deployment pressure increases. The middle-market remains fertile territory, as do platform deals and bolt-on acquisitions to build scale. However, across alternative asset classes, investors are being more selective, and greater conviction on value and long-term outcomes is required to pull the trigger. GPs must adapt to this fast-changing late-cycle world by revising deal origination tactics and ensuring transactions are structured for resilience. In this session, a group of experienced private market GPs will discuss the current situation.

  • What level of comfort do GPs need in the current climate to commit to a deal?
  • Are take-privates and bolt-on acquisitions the best options to build scale?
  • What sectors are GPs betting on to outperform, and is competition increasing as global and regional players increase their Australia focus?
  • What is the outlook for 2025, including opportunities on the horizon and potential pitfalls?
  • Has the deal landscape compressed as certain sectors across asset classes become less investable due to macro concerns?