The Zenith and Nadir of Global M&A
As global economies came to a standstill in Q2 2020, the value of global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) fell to a record low US$375.79 billion. However, by Q4 2020, the temporary slump in M&A activity had more than tripled to reach US$1.2 trillion, an all-time high since the 2009 financial crisis.
While technology, healthcare and financial services industries saw the bulk of this miracle rebound in M&A activity, the pandemic still has a strong negative impact on some sectors, such as commercial aerospace, energy and real estate.
The rolling out of inoculation programmes and easing of movement restriction is expected to boost market confidence and brighten economic outlook.
Will industries affected by the pandemic release their pent-up M&A demand in the near future?
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