Linking up: Vertical integration makes a comeback

17 September 2018

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Vertical mergers have been stealing some of the thunder from horizontal deals of late. As horizontal targets become harder to come by, some acquirers are focusing on companies up or down the supply chain from them—presenting both new opportunities for expansion and a new set of challenges.

To explore the drivers of recent vertical transactions as well as their potential pitfalls, Mergermarket on behalf of Toppan Vintage spoke with four dealmakers for their insights.

Points of discussion include:

  • In addition to the vertical megadeals, are vertical integration transactions sparking interest lower in the market?
  • Could vertical transactions be an effective strategy for private equity-owned platform companies?
  • How difficult is the due diligence process for a buyer in a vertical integration deal versus a traditional horizontal deal?