Q4 2019 SS&C Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor: North American Dealmaking Returns to Growth

Brighter prospects for NA M&A in H2 2019


14 August 2019

Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor

Following a disappointing first half of 2019 for mergers and acquisitions in North America, when the number of announced mergers & acquisitions (M&A) deals crashed by 16 percent year-over-year (YOY), dealmakers in the region can look forward to a somewhat brighter future. 

That’s one of the forecasts in the Q4 2019 edition of the SS&C Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor. The number of announced M&A deals in NA is predicted to rise by around 5 percent YOY in H2 2019, driven by higher levels of deal announcements in the Energy & Power, Materials and Consumer & Retail sectors.

An uncertain environment

Despite the predicted return to growth in H2 2019, the hangover from the decline in NA deal announcements in the first half of this year means that the number of announced M&A deals in NA in 2019 overall is set be around 6 percent lower than in 2018 – the second consecutive year of declining deal announcements in NA.

Dealmakers in NA are having to deal with an unprecedented combination of forces as they navigate the remainder of 2019 and look ahead to 2020: a slowing global economy, disruption to trade and supply chains by the escalating U.S.-China tariff war, jittery financial markets and the unwinding of the recent fiscal stimulus.

Find out more in the Q4 2019 edition of the SS&C Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor. Independently verified as a highly accurate six-month forecast of mergers and acquisitions activity, the SS&C Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor is compiled by tracking early-stage M&A transactions globally that are in preparation or have begun due diligence.

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Along with our forecasts of M&A activity by region and sector for the next six months, the latest issue of the SS&C Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor includes:

  • A spotlight feature on the conglomerate: Are we seeing its demise?

  • An interview with Paul Aversano, managing director in Alvarez & Marsal’s private equity services practice and the global practice leader of the firm’s Transaction Advisory Group, on what M&A dealmakers need to understand to navigate the current “vortex of volatility”



Peter Braverman

Peter Braverman

Peter Braverman is Senior Vice President of sales at Intralinks, a leading financial technology provider for the global banking, deal making and capital markets communities.