New North American dealflow numbers released from Mergermarket were no surprise to most anyone in the M&A space… culminating (year-to-date) at $61,700,000,000. I could have abbreviated this number to $61.7B but all those zeros gives it a well-deserved gravitas.
Another measurement I like is the increase in our virtual data room sales. More deals equals more deal rooms : )
Most pundits attribute the robust year to the traditional deal-drivers of corporations needing to demonstrate growth and sector (above) consolidation. Certainly, low interest rates and cash-heavy PE funds are an important factor.
LEARN MORE: Our Mergermarket panel of expert discuss 2015’s momentum in engaging detail on this video.
You are invited to watch the entire discussion or select a specific chapter that most interests you.
- What are the main drivers behind the record deal activity in the last year and what we are seeing now?
- What has been the historical and forward looking financing environment and how do they differ and flow into the M&A and Private Equity activity?
- How do you see the business development companies (BDC) fitting into the market in the current environment? What’s their role?
- What potential challenges are on the horizon that may impact continued high levels of M&A activity this year?
- Which sectors do you feel will be most active going forward?
- What is the trend of strategic acquisitions versus bolt-ons?
- What is the influence of activist investors, large and small, in the M&A space?
- What do you think the Fed is going to do with interest rates and how do you see this impacting M&A?
- Are there any new, unexpected or changes in M&A liability exposure that put companies and directors at risk?
- What have you seen, broadly, in the trends for the due diligence process including technology?
- What is your view on the IPO market?