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Global deal flows

The Covid-19 coronavirus crisis has had a profound impact on transactions across all regions, and this is likely to persist at a time of heightened economic and geo-political uncertainty. Yet deal activity could recover strongly, as the outlook becomes clearer.


  • While deal activity remains sluggish, transactions will be key in reviving China’s GDP growth, which went negative in Q1.
  • Europe’s transactions market is likely to remain depressed in Q3 with investors subdued by the crisis and political uncertainties.
  • The fall in U.S. deals has been steep, with high profile deals being abandoned and potential buyers holding off until valuations stabilise.
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Global M&A Insights: Adjusting to adversity
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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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Adjusting to adversity

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