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Global trends in private M&A


12 January 2018

We have recently produced a presentation on global trends in private M&A. The findings draw on in-depth analysis of more than 1,000 private M&A deals that Allen & Overy has advised on globally over the last seven years, looking at deal dynamics, execution risks and deal terms. This has given us an exceptional insight into global and regional trends in market practice.   


Key trends in 2018 include:

  • M&A market undeterred by geopolitics
  • Market confidence drives increase in auctions
  • More than half of private equity acquisitions are bolt-ons
  • Globalisation remains a key M&A driver but regulatory issues challenging
  • Continuing quest for talent and technology drives earn-outs
  • Warranty & indemnity insurance now standard in private equity exits
  • Global deal terms become even more seller friendly

Please speak to your usual Allen & Overy contact if you would like to schedule a briefing on these trends.





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