Global M&A activity demonstrated robust performance in 2018. With nearly $5 trillion in value, deals driven by technology, communications, financial and consumer non-cyclical industries led the way.
This year’s strong trend of M&A activity is reframing markets and business in many sectors. “The top driver for M&A activity is technology asset acquisition, as buyers, particularly strategics, seek to deploy ‘buy-versus-build’ strategies to maintain or gain competitive advantage,” reports Suzanne Saxman, chair of M&A practice group at Seyfarth Shaw.
Positive trends are likely to continue into 2019, driven by companies actively redefining their business portfolios and hoping to achieve competitive advantages through M&A transactions. Saxman believes that “buyers will also continue to employ M&A as a quick entry point to new markets. M&A will also be used strategically by some buyers as a tool to secure supply chains and respond to trade regime changes and tariffs.”
For a closer look at the industry sectors and some of the individual firms on trajectory to be the biggest M&A movers in the near future, read Sectors and Companies on M&A’s Leading Edge from Bloomberg’s most recent special report, sponsored by Globalization Partners.
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