Mergermarket M&A Forum Chicago 2023

The must-attend event for US dealmakers returns!

The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago

11 Jul

Private equity viewpoint: Staying active in the current environment

According to a joint report conducted by Mergermarket and Debtwire, buyout activity amounted to 752 deals worth USD276.9 billion in the first nine months of 2022, down 25.6% compared to 2021. This can be attributed to the significant headwinds facing investors, including geopolitical unrest, inflationary pressure, and rising interest rates contributing to a highly uncertain investment environment. However, with funds sitting on substantial amounts of dry powder and corporate carve-outs still active, the outlook for the market is promising. For forward thinking funds that can selectively access opportunities and innovate via technology like AI for deal sourcing and due diligence the future is bright. Our panel of GPs share their views on the current state of the market and opportunities and challenges from investments to exits.

  • What are the benefits of partnering with private equity in an M&A transaction?
  • Which transaction sizes have GPs been focusing on?
  • How is AI impacting the deal market today and in the future?
  • What capital structure are GPs now using less leverage is available?
  • What are the current portfolio priorities – labor shortages, ESG, de-risking supply chains, digitalization?
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  • Speakers keyboard_arrow_down
    Clint Coghill Head of Investors ION Analytics
    Alex Friedman Principal - Business Development PERISCOPE EQUITY Bio
    Elizabeth Browne Managing Director GCM GROSVENOR Bio
    Nick Potter Principal, Financial Services THE VISTRIA GROUP Bio
    Ellen Havdala Managing Director EQUITY GROUP INVESTMENTS Bio