Summary of M&A in a Changing World

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Companies engaging in mergers and acquisitions look to 2018 with hope and optimism. However, as global activity rises, firms seeking growth through M&A face a seller’s market rife with high valuations as well as an evolving tax and regulatory climate. So say professionals at the Economist Intelligence Unit in this insightful analysis that draws on statistical trends as well as interviews with industry experts. getAbstract recommends this must-read report to corporate executives on the acquisition trail, whether abroad or at home.  

In this summary, you will learn

  • How economic and regulatory trends are influencing global M&A activity;
  • How high valuations, greater government scrutiny and activist investors affect transactions; and
  • What sectors are the most attractive M&A targets.
 

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The robust levels of global M&A in 2016 and 2017 give many observers reason for optimism about activity in 2018. North American M&A deals for 2016 were up more than 50% from their peak in 2008. The middle market – those transactions valued between US$100 million and US$1 billion – has been particularly active. The Asia-Pacific region is a hotbed for acquisitions. Cross-border deals are up, although buyers are not wandering too far from home. Transnational acquisitions, at one time strictly done on a cash basis, are increasingly seeing stocks in the payment mix.

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