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Global Transactions Forecast: an analysis of the prospects for M&A markets around the world


After a flurry of megadeals in the second half of 2015 pushed global M&A deal values to the highest they've been since 2007, deal making slowed substantially in 2016 amid major economic and political uncertainty in several key economies.

This slowdown raises key questions for investors: when will the global economic outlook become more certain? What impact will the new US administration have on deal appetite? And if we do experience a disorderly Brexit, reignition of the Eurozone crisis, or more severe slowdown in the Chinese economy, how will this impact global transactions?

This report seeks to answer these questions by examining the macroeconomic, financial and structural factors that underpin M&A and IPO activity. Based on calculations from Oxford Economics, the report presents projections for total M&A and IPO deal values and volume across 37 countries from 2017 through 2020.

The report aims to provide corporate leaders and investors with a better sense of the macroeconomic environment they will face in the next four years so they can make more informed investment decisions.

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