M&A emerges from quarantine

Deloitte Insights

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.


Iain Macmillan
United Kingdom

Dr. Michela Coppola

Sriram Prakash
United Kingdom

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