M&A update: Dealmaking during times of uncertainty
According to Mergermarket data, US M&A was worth US$309.58 billion in Q3 2022 – a marked decrease from the previous two years. The recent slowdown in M&A activity and a rapidly changing global economic outlook is prompting dealmakers to take a thematic approach, whether through complimentary bolt-on acquisitions or buying a company to enhance their overall digitalization capabilities. Distressed opportunities may also be on the horizon and although availability of leverage is reduced, private equity dry powder levels are high. Indeed, because many strategics have strong balance-sheets, it will be interesting to see where deal flow is sourced, how transactions are restructured, and which parties are most active in the year ahead.
- How is the banking crisis and current sentiment in the capital markets shaping M&A?
- Will the changing macro environment halt the M&A market, and will we see more distressed opportunities?
- What are the current trends in North American M&A, and how has the opportunity set in the Midwest evolved?
- Which sectors are investors turning to for defensive acquisitions that can offer growth over the next five years?
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