'Announced M&A deal volumes in the US slumped by more than 40% last year'
The North American M&A market has entered a much more uncertain period and dealmakers must adopt new techniques and strategies in negotiations in order to complete a transaction.
The M&A market unfolded at a breakneck speed since the start of 2021 but a number of factors are now weighing on activity – geopolitical turmoil, mounting inflation, a weak stock market and rising regulatory enforcement. Announced M&A deal volumes in the US slumped by more than 40% last year. Buyers have become a lot more cautious and are deploying new techniques to allocate risk and improve their scrutiny of target companies. They are also becoming more selective in the companies they pursue.
Acquirers are biding their time and undertaking greater due diligence on acquisition targets. They are seeking additional warranties, indemnities and post-closing price adjustments to reduce the uncertainties. However, buyers’ appetite for strategic acquisitions has not dried up and M&A sale launches are still buoyant. The M&A pipeline for the technology, media and telecom and industrial sectors, in particular, is robust.
How is economic and regulatory uncertainty impacting dealmaking? What are the best practices for dealmakers to adopt at this time? Are many deals being abandoned or paused? How much longer is it taking to complete on a deal? What will the hottest sectors be in 2023?
This free webinar, hosted by the Financial Times in partnership with Datasite, provided a key forward-looking market outlook for the North American M&A market and explored the risks and opportunities that this new dealmaking environment presents.
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