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Market Spotlight: 2017 M&A Outlook

Market Spotlight: 2017 M&A Outlook

22 December 2016

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Despite 2016 falling short of the M&A boom of last year, experts predict M&A activity to increase in 2017. Amid political uncertainty through the UK’s vote to break away from the European Union and the results of the US presidential election, 2016 produced a 20% year-over-year drop in global deal values. However, 2017 is expected to bring a bounce-back in activity, a competitive environment focused on technology, as well as challenges involving political upheaval and regulation.

In order to gain a further understanding of these trends and challenges that are expected to shape M&A dealmaking in 2017, Donnelley Financial Solutions commissioned Mergermarket to interview global dealmakers for their insights.

Key findings of this survey include:

  • 96% of respondents believe the US will be one of the top three countries/regions to see the biggest increase in M&A activity in 2017.
  • Fintech is the sector that will see the greatest increase in global M&A activity, as indicated by 36% of those surveyed.
  • 52% of respondents believe that sluggish growth in emerging markets will be one of the two biggest impediments to global M&A for 2017.