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Global M&A Insights: Adjusting to adversity

This report charts the dramatic impact of Covid-19 coronavirus on M&A markets across sectors and regions, how it has accelerated key trends such as digitalisation and provoked political responses that will shape deal activity for the very long term.

Report highlights

  • A market transformed by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, as M&A deals stall.
  • Deals signed in 2020 show private M&A market practice has adjusted to this landscape.
  • New foreign direct investment controls unveiled across the globe, accelerated by Covid-19 coronavirus.
  • Covid-19 coronavirus has profound impact in U.S., Europe and China - how will M&A recover?
  • Increased digital transformation will drive deals and collaborations in retail, fintech and life sciences sectors.

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A market utterly transformed, as M&A deals stall

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Digital transformation, distressed deals and the search for cost efficiencies may reverse a slump in deal activity caused by the pandemic, but it will take time.

Global trends in private M&A: Covid-19 coronavirus update

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Our exclusive analysis of private M&A deals signed so far this year show just how fundamentally the market has been changed since the Coronavirus crisis struck.

Foreign direct investment controls in the time of Covid-19 coronavirus

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New measures to control foreign direct investment have been unveiled around the globe during the crisis. Is this a new wave of protectionism under the cover of Covid-19 coronavirus or appropriate scrutiny? 

Global deal flows

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European M&A set for tough autumn

The pandemic has forced investors to take a safety first approach, which is likely to persist with the prospect of a hard Brexit looming.

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China maintains outward-looking approach

A determination to remain international and outward-looking will help the recovery in Chinese outbound and inbound investment.

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U.S. M&A encounters challenges

The impact on U.S. transactions has been severe, with activity unlikely to recover until valuations and financial market conditions stabilise.

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Global deal flows

Although the pandemic has had a profound impact on transactions across all regions, deal activity could recover strongly as the outlook becomes clearer.


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M&A analysis by sector

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Pipeline gaps and digital will drive life sciences deals

The race to develop vaccines has put the sector centre-stage during the crisis, but left gaps in other R&D programmes that will be filled by M&A.

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Traditional retail faces fight for survival

The pandemic has severely damaged retail with lasting effects, but digital transformation and distressed deals are on the cards.

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Fintech deals enter temporary lull after Q1 surge

Strategic, high-value deals will likely resurface, after a temporary halt to the Q1 surge.

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M&A analysis by sector

A common theme arising out of the current crisis is the rapid acceleration of trends that were already in play. Nowhere is this more evident than in digital transformation.

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Adjusting to adversity

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