Join this virtual event for a decisive outlook on M&A in 2021
The Global M&A Conversation is a major virtual event to connect acquirers, investors, advisors and lenders around the deal drivers for 2021.
Kickstart your deal pipeline with expert perspectives from top speakers in the global M&A community about the themes that will define the market in the year ahead.
The agenda will address four core themes to market activity in 2021:
Many industries were already facing huge changes. The pandemic was the catalyst to accelerate that transformation, causing companies to adapt their footprint and futureproof strategy. The trend for technology M&A seen in recent years continued in 2020, with the reliance upon the digital economy shaping consumer habits for years to come.
Global supply chain disruption was highlighted in the onset of the pandemic. The disruption caused to manufacturing supply chains prompted a re-think of where future capital investment should be located. Logistics businesses have been an essential component to the at-home economy. Governments retrenched to safeguard domestic employment, with more stringent reviews of foreign investment coming.
The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties in November 2021. Dozens of world leaders will attend to in the most important round of talks since the global Paris Agreement to tackle climate change was secured in 2015. Sustainability has climbed higher on the agendas of boards and management creating a sharpened focus on sustainability in M&A as it is increasingly seen as a question of value-generating business development.
The growth seen in private equity assets has been indicative of deal flow in recent years with sponsors able to raise and deploy capital into opportunities at a record rate. Expectations are for a more active role for private equity in the next M&A cycle. The pursuit of take-privates looks set to continue. Whether SPACs will arrive in Europe and redefine the IPO exit. Abundant liquidity in debt markets supplemented with private credit. Outlook for infrastructure M&A is positive especially around digital and logistics assets.