M&A emerges from quarantine

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M&A emerges from quarantine

M&A strategies to thrive in the post-pandemic environment

Globally, companies announced a record $1.4 trillion worth of M&A deals in the post-lockdown months. A good proportion shows efforts to transform themselves and thrive after the pandemic with deals to secure supply value-chains or to acquire innovative and sustainable technologies.

IN a year besieged by pandemic uncertainties, M&A rode a roller coaster. In the first half of the year, lockdowns led to a sharp dive. But as soon as these began to ease, M&A soared back up. Globally, companies announced a record $1.4 trillion worth of deals in the post-lockdown months from June to October 2020, 84 per cent higher than in the first five months of the year, leading to a total value of $2.2 trillion worth of deals in the first 10 months of the year. The positive news on COVID-19 vaccines has also given a significant boost to corporate confidence – over $40 billion worth of deals were announced in the week the first news about the high efficacy of coronavirus vaccines was reported.

Authors:

Iain Macmillan
United Kingdom

Dr. Michela Coppola
Germany

Sriram Prakash
United Kingdom

 
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