New Survey of M&A Professionals Shows Strong Optimism for 2014

The Global Sentiment Survey, conducted by Intralinks at the end of last year, reveals uniform enthusiasm about deal activity and the state of M&A markets. Over 64% of respondents are optimistic about M&A business opportunities in 2014, with over 73% reporting they expect to see an increase in deal activity over the year. This optimism was shared across all regions.


31 January 2014

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The future is bright according to a new survey of over 1,900 M&A professionals, which shows strong confidence in the outlook for 2014.

The Global Sentiment Survey, conducted by Intralinks at the end of last year, reveals uniform enthusiasm about deal activity and the state of M&A markets. Over 64% of respondents are optimistic about M&A business opportunities in 2014, with over 73% reporting they expect to see an increase in deal activity over the year. This optimism was shared across all regions.

The most active industry sectors are healthcare/life sciences, followed by energy and technology/telecommunications. When asked which region would be most active, North America was the runaway leader, followed by Europe.

When asked about which global events might have the greatest impact on M&A activity over the next year, uncertainty about Federal monetary policy topped the list, followed by geopolitical instability. The survey was conducted while there was intense speculation about the US Federal Reserve’s stimulus policy.

This survey supports data from the latest Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator (DFI), which tracks early stage due diligence activity and reliably predicts future M&A activity. The latest DFI predicts changes in the volume of global M&A deals that will be announced through the first half of 2014, and shows a 17% increase in year-over-year activity, with particularly strong performances in North America and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

 

 

 

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