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Robust M&A activity despite the protectionist sentiment

31 July 17 - RE+D Magazine
Robust M&A activity despite the protectionist sentiment



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IBI Group

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Antulio Richetta

Director IBI Group
The global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market remained strong during the first half of 2017, despite rising protectionist sentiment and increasing intervention in deals by governments and regulators, EY reveals in a recently published report.


The outlook for the remainder of the year and beyond is positive, particularly with private equity (PE) investors returning to the deal table, now with record funds at their disposal. Global deal values totalled $1.4 trillion (£1.1 trillion) in the first half of 2017, which EY said represented a “modest decline” of four per cent on the same period last year.

Rising protectionist sentiment and government intervention have not been enough to create a major dent in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity this year.

The number of deals agreed in the first six months of the year, meanwhile, was up four per cent from 17,642 to 18,363 , according to EY.

The report also noted a rise in private equity. Funds acquired $124bn of assets in the first half of the year, up 14 per cent.


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