Future of the Deal

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The last five years saw an unprecedented bull run in global M&A markets and 2018 was the fifth consecutive year deal values crossed the $3 trillion mark. However there are signs we might be witnessing a late-cycle harbinger. Last year was a tale of two halves, with half one contributing nearly two thirds to the year-end total and for the first time since 2014, we saw a year-on-year decline in M&A volumes.

Navigating through uncertainties – rise in political and economic uncertainties, prospects of US-China trade war, slowdown in major economies, likely rise in borrowing costs and increased regulatory scrutiny that is driven by protectionist instinct, This year’s headwinds threaten to have an impact on corporate confidence.

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