Which Way for M&A? Use the Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator

One of the most intriguing things about working at Intralinks is that we operate on the very frontline of the M&A market. Because Intralinks' virtual dataroom solution is used by banking, legal, and executive teams for high-value transactions, we're often asked by clients "what is Intralinks seeing in the market?"


30 July 2009

One of the most intriguing things about working at Intralinks is that we operate on the very frontline of the M&A market. Because Intralinks' virtual dataroom solution is used by banking, legal, and executive teams for high-value transactions, we're often asked by clients "what is Intralinks seeing in the market?"

In today's economic climate, with lower deal volumes and uncertainty about the global outlook, answering these questions is more critical than ever. Have we hit the bottom? Are there signs of recovery? Is there a hot region at the moment?

Because of Intralinks' global involvement in M&A deals, we see many trends and issues on our radar before they are announced, let alone completed. As a benchmark indicator of activity, this data gives us a unique inside view of the state of the global M&A market.

So, what are we seeing at the moment, you ask? We've been thinking it might be useful to publish what activity we're seeing on a regular basis. So I'm very proud to present - drum roll please - the first Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator. What's more is that it looks like positive news.

Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator

This first report in our quarterly indicator shows a 10% increase in global deal activity in Q2 2009 over Q1 2009, driven up primarily by activity in the U.S. and APac. (EMEA deal activity remained flat in this period.) An increase in distressed-driven M&A and corporate restructuring situations could account for some of this movement, as well as the fact that gains in the equity markets may be allowing buyers and sellers to achieve clearer valuations of companies. (For more details, read the full report here: http://www.intralinks.com/ne/deal-flow-indicator/.)

The big question for me is whether this shows that the M&A ship is ready to sail, or is it still beached on the sandy floors of economic uncertainty? We'll have to wait for the next installment of our Deal Flow Indicator in Q3 to find out!