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Global M&A Insights: Rethinking priorities as transactions boom

Our Q3 report looks in depth at the new issues confronting investors in a booming market, including Silicon Valley’s influence on global technology transactions, the increasingly urgent sustainability agenda, post-pandemic trends in M&A litigation and new market dynamics in Japan.

Report highlights

  • Global M&A transactions market continues to experience extraordinary growth across regions and sectors, with the market recording a fifth consecutive quarter where total deal values exceeded USD1 trillion
  • Technology transactions continue to dominate the M&A market, with Silicon Valley companies continuing to influence changing trends across the industry globally
  • ESG/sustainability issues rise to the top of the boardroom agenda, promising to make a significant and long-term impact on M&A markets
  • The expected surge of Covid-related M&A litigation has not materialised, yet we could see a rise in disputes as deal activity recovers and prices rise
  • Japan’s transaction market becomes a popular destination for outbound and inbound investments driven by changing attitudes and economic priorities

Record-breaking M&A run continues at pace

Deal values in Q3 grew by 92% as the global M&A market recorded transactions worth more than USD1 trillion for a fifth consecutive quarter, a record-breaking run not witnessed since the financial crisis of 2007/8.

Software, connectivity, data and fintech dominate M&A in Silicon Valley

As technology transactions continue to outpace the market, new challenges and opportunities are confronting Silicon Valley companies and setting the tech agenda for companies across sectors and across the world.

M&A litigation – a case of back to the future

While the pandemic has not provoked the flood of litigation most were expecting, the intensity of the ongoing recovery in deal activity could well give rise to a growing number of disputes along more traditional lines between buyers and sellers.

Japan’s shifting attitudes change M&A market dynamics

Changes in corporate culture and new economic realities are not only continuing to drive outbound investment from Japan but turning this market into an increasingly popular destination for significant inbound transactions.

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