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Global M&A Industry Trends: 2022 Mid-Year Update

30 June, 2022

At the start of 2022, dealmakers were riding high from the best year on record for global M&A with more than 60,000 publicly disclosed deals breaking US$5tn in value for the first time.

We predicted that 2022 wasn’t likely to top 2021 in the face of growing headwinds, but the market expected M&A to continue to prosper. Fast-forward to mid-year and not only have the headwinds grown stronger, but new ones have emerged including rapidly accelerating inflation and interest rates, lower stock prices and an energy crisis deepened by the Russia/Ukraine conflict.

Despite these challenges, we believe that M&A will play an increasingly important role in corporate strategies—and there might even be better opportunities for investors to generate healthy returns as valuations come down.

In that context, our Global M&A Industry Trends: 2022 Mid-Year Update covers a number of significant issues:

  • Deal volumes reset to pre-pandemic levels after record highs in 2021

  • Stakeholder trust, inflation and workforce strategy are now priorities for successful M&A

  • Lower valuations may create opportunities for investors to generate higher returns

  • Ample capital for deal-making as private equity dry powder reaches 3x global financial crisis levels

  • Key M&A drivers are technology demand, supply chain, portfolio optimisation and ESG

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