Q2 2020 Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor: Confident Start to Global Dealmaking in 2020

Worldwide M&A activity predicted to grow 5 percent in H1.


10 February 2020

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The start of the new decade could herald the beginning of a renewed period of growth for global M&A activity. According to the latest issue of the SS&C Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor report, the worldwide number of announced M&A deals in the first half of 2020 is forecast to grow by 5 percent year-over-year (YOY).

For M&A dealmakers that’s a welcome piece of news following two years in which worldwide deal announcements have flatlined.

The SS&C Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor is compiled by tracking early-stage M&A transactions, across the world, that are in preparation or have begun their due diligence stage. These early-stage deals are, on average, six months away from their public announcement.

Healthcare, Materials and TMT lead our global growth forecast

Worldwide, the strongest growth in early-stage M&A activity is coming from deals in the Healthcare, Materials and Technology, Media and Telecoms sectors. Outside these, the Consumer & Retail sector in Asia-Pacific and the Financials sector in Europe, the Middle East & Africa are also leading new M&A deal starts.

And the regional winner is…

Asia-Pacific M&A announcements are predicted to increase 6 percent YOY in the first half of 2020, just topping North America’s 5 percent and EMEA’s 4 percent growth forecasts. Latin America, meanwhile, is expected to slide by 4 percent.

To find out more and to know the future of global M&A six months ahead of everybody else, download your copy of the Q2 2020 issue of the SS&C Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor.

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

  • A spotlight on how environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations are affecting dealmaking.

  • An interview with Marianne Lewis, Dean and Professor of Management at the University of Cincinnati, Carl H. Lindner College of Business, on a new Intralinks research report, Gender Diversity and M&A Outcomes: How Female Board-Level Representation Affects Corporate Dealmaking. Due to be published on February 18, the report, based on a global study of more than 16,700 M&A transactions over 20 years, presents unique new findings on the relationship between corporate leadership gender diversity and M&A success.