Recap of 2015 M&A: “There’s Always a Deal on Monday”

I recently joined some M&A experts on “Bloomberg Advantage with Cory Johnson.” The segment reviewed 2015 M&A activity and predictions for 2016.

19 January 2016


I recently joined some other M&A experts on “Bloomberg Advantage with Cory Johnson,” a popular Bloomberg Radio program. The segment gave listeners a look back at the record-breaking year of merger & acquisition activity in 2015. Cory Johnson, one of the hosts of the show, remarked at the beginning of the segment that he’d invited us on a Monday, because in 2015, “There’s always a deal on Monday.” That particular Monday, December 14, 2015, was no exception: Newell Rubbermaid had just announced its plans to acquire Jarden Corp. for a cool $15 Billion.

In addition to the unprecedented growth in M&A activity, we also discussed one of 2015’s biggest trends: the “mega-deal,” exemplified by such activity as the $67 Billion EMC-Dell deal, as well as many others. Overall, private equity was strongly engaged in acquisitions in 2015, particularly in Q3, with seven deals of more than $3 billion involving a U.S.-based private-equity acquirer announced in the quarter, according to Bloomberg.

All of these large-scale deals begged the question, “What else is left to buy?” My answer: Plenty … but maybe not at the same rate as the last year.

You can hear the full segment, including predictions for early 2016 based on findings from our Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor report, here.

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