Sullivan Willoughby Special Report: Predictions for a Strong Public M&A Market i

Posted by Donald Hood on March 7th, 2020

1888PressRelease - Apart from identifying major trends, the firm’s M&A 2020 Outlook provides more detailed market predictions.

Sullivan Willoughby, a leading, full-service international law firm that is providing extraordinary practice of client service and engagement, leveraging remarkable legal talent across specialties and jurisdictions, is pleased to announce the findings of its latest M&A (Mergers and Acquisitions) industry report. Increasing creativity and complexity in deals and more active and interventionist regulators, are two major trends predicted for public M&A in 2020, in a special report prepared by Sullivan Willoughby.

The firm’s M&A 2020 Outlook was carried out by Sullivan Willoughby’s Corporate Practice division and its findings are based on the team’s own experience in acting on M&A transactions for the last 12 months’ time-frame, and also on a detailed analysis of the latest available deal data and discussions with leading industry players.

According to Sullivan Willoughby’s Head of Corporate Practice, Kam Kim-Heng, “in a world of low underlying economic growth, businesses are becoming increasingly creative in the ways they look to M&A to drive organic growth. We see private capital as a key driver of deals and deal trends in 2020 and expect this to spur competition, creativity and complexity in deals.”

The firm’s report argues that in the past 12 months, the M&A market has also seen modifications made in policy and a step-change in enforcement, from all relevant regulators, who have adopted a more interventionist approach to transactions in a post-banking world.

“So, while we expect more competition, complexity and creativity in the way deals are executed, we also anticipate regulators will scrutinize more closely than ever the way in which those deals get done,” Kam Kim-Heng added. “Key areas of focus include regulating access to data, identifying this as a priority, and ensuring there is a level playing field for transactions by promoting competition and limiting the scope for unequal treatment and improper influence”, she concluded.

Apart from identifying major trends, Sullivan Willoughby’s M&A 2020 Outlook also provides more detailed predictions for M&A market on: who will be targeting, who will be bidding, how they will pay, the mechanics of how deals will get done, and what the regulators will do.

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