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Market Spotlight: 2017 M&A Outlook

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22 December 2016

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. Read more
A question of quality: How to improve SEC disclosure

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21 December 2016

Financial reporting has evolved in the 83 years since Congress passed the Securities Act of 1933, yet the SEC has been slow to adopt changes to corporate disclosure requirements. Progress is being made, however, through the “disclosure effectiveness” project started in 2013, which prompted a release regarding Regulation S-K in April 2016 and a proposal to eliminate overlapping provisions in July 2016. Read more
Japanese M&A review: Divestiture and portfolio planning in corporate Japan

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21 December 2016

To view the Japanese version of the report, please click here. “Divestiture” is the watch word of the day in Japan, with corporate divestments making up 22% of the country’s first half M&A transactions for 2016. Rooted in traditional values of continuity and succession, patriarchal Japanese corporates have often been reluctant to divest in their efforts to foster and protect stable organic growth. Read more
Due diligence roadmap: Optimizing the sell-side

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20 December 2016

Sell-side due diligence has grown in popularity in recent years. Companies are increasingly seeing it as a way to improve their chances of impressing buyers while also boosting sales prices and reducing the potential for any slowdown in the transaction process. Both buyers and sellers are beginning to recognize the value in sell-side diligence, which is why Donnelley Financial Solutions, in conjunction with Mergermarket, is pleased to present Due Diligence Roadmap: Optimizing the sell side, the third edition in a series. Read more
Monthly M&A Insider – December 2016

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19 December 2016

M&A activity in November decreased in both volume and value following October’s surprising burst of high-value dealmaking. With 1,098 deals worth a total US$223.5bn, November’s totals represented a 49.3% decrease on 176 fewer deals compared to last month. The energy, mining and utilities (EMU) sector provided one bright spot, however, with 83 total deals worth US$76.5bn — a 26.9% increase over November 2015. Read more
Southeast Asia M&A: Trends shaping the region

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15 December 2016

In a year marked by volatility and uncertainty across the globe, Southeast Asia has been dealt a mixed hand of challenges and opportunities, both testing the region’s ability to overcome increasingly difficult economic conditions and offering new pathways towards growth. In terms of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), the region posted 388 deals worth US$47.6bn in 2015. Read more
Taking Center Stage: M&A in Asia-Pacific

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14 December 2016

Dealmaking in the APAC region reached the second highest Q1-Q3 on Mergermarket record (since 2001). While activity from China has dominated the region recently, Australia has become the second largest APAC M&A market in 2016 by volume, due to its government pledging billions to overhaul transportation networks. India is also poised for a record-breaking year, with deal volumes up 80% from Q1-Q3 2015. Read more
Citi Newsletter: Crossing over

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14 December 2016

Canadian cross-border dealmaking has seen a steady uptick in recent years, particularly for outbound transactions. One prime example is the energy, mining & utilities sector, where falling prices and the rise of renewables are reshaping the industry, spurring further consolidation and causing companies to make tough decisions about how to face the future. In order to gain an understanding of the trends and issues Canadian companies are facing in cross-border M&A, Citi commissioned Mergermarket to interview three experts for their thoughts. Read more
Going the distance: The expanding lifecycles of private equity funds

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08 December 2016

While it is taking longer for managers to deploy capital, the entire lifecycle of private equity funds also appears to be lengthening. Managers are seeing longer fundraising periods, sourcing periods for creating and generating viable deals, and holding periods for investments. This longer lifecycle can also be attributed, in part, to the very competitive market for investors’ dollars. Read more
Filling the gap: Italy’s non-performing loans update

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07 December 2016

We are pleased to present Filling the gap: Italy's non-performing loans update, published in association with Banca IFIS. The report presents an overview of the Italian non-performing loans (NPL) market, potential solutions as well as comments from financial services experts who attended Banca IFIS's "NPL meeting" in September 2016.