Creative Deal Structures: Energizing the M&A Market Post-Crisis

10 March 2021

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Mergermarket is pleased to present Creative Deal Structures: Energizing the M&A Market Post-Crisis, published in association with Sidley Austin LLP.

Creative structures have become increasingly important in bridging the gap between sellers’ expectations and buyers’ willingness to pay. Based on interviews with 150 respondents from US corporates and private equity firms, this report analyzes the ways in which M&A is moving forward in spite of the pandemic.

Key findings from this report:

  • 63% of respondents who use alternative structures say more of their recent deals have incorporated such mechanisms than has historically been the case. Among private equity firms, the figure was 68%.
  • The proportion of private equity firms expecting to be involved in SPAC-related transactions is significantly higher (69%) than among corporates (31%).
  • Among respondents likely to use alternative deal structures, energy, mining & utilities and industrials & chemicals were the sectors where they expected the most use.