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Upcoming Deal Trends

Many companies view M&A deals as a crucial avenue to increase their growth even with the global economic slowdown. High interest rates will continue to pressure deal-making until 2022. In fact, our most recent North American CFO Signals survey revealed that more than half of respondents predicted that between 1 10% and 10% of their company’s growth this year could come from M&A transactions.

The recent stabilization of the rate of inflation and interest rates is a sign that the worst is over. This, in conjunction with renewed optimism in the US economy and the easing of fears of a recession should hopefully inspire more companies to look at strategic deals this year.

As a result, we expect the year ahead to be one of the most active for M&A across a range of sectors. The industrial sector is expected to remain a top target, especially for acquisitions targeting innovative technologies like EVs or cloud-based solutions. We also expect the energy transformation to accelerate, and companies in this industry will likely be looking to acquire additional assets and capabilities that will help them succeed.

After a severe downturn for the tech industry in 2022, we expect to see an increase in 2024 because artificial intelligence (AI) and its related applications, like artificial intelligence that is generative, attract the interest of businesses, investors and the general public. In addition the healthcare industry remains a major subject of M&A as investors and companies race to bring niche medtech assets to market.

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