2023 M&A: Are You Ready For What's Next?

The Real Deal Podcast

In this special episode, we’re joined by two guests who discuss noteworthy findings from the 2023 SS&C Intralinks’ Global M&A Dealmakers Sentiment Report 2023, a survey of 300 global corporate and private equity mergers and acquisitions (M&A) dealmakers.

First, we speak with Julian Fraser, an editor at ION Analytics, who worked on the report. Julian discusses the survey’s methodology and outlook for the next 12 months. He tells us, “Every type of dealmaker will have to navigate more fraught due diligence processes in 2023, particularly in relation to ESG scrutiny.”

Next up is Matt Wells, vice president of global product marketing and strategy at SS&C Intralinks. Discussing the results of the survey, Matt says, “I think dealmakers are focused on what will be a more ‘normal’ year. The reason for optimism, in my opinion, is the fact that all economic and geopolitical issues are out on the table and out in the open. Dealmakers are more focused on how to live with them and navigate around them versus wondering when the next issue will arrive.”

Listen to learn about:

  • Why dealmakers are largely optimistic despite global challenges
  • Why 64 percent of private equity surveyed expect to do a deal in 2023
  • Key M&A drivers and challenges
  • Expectations for restructuring and distressed dealmaking
  • The importance of deal automation, synergies and digital transformation
  • ESG’s growing prominence and challenges in cross-border M&A due to standardization issues

Dealcast is presented by Mergermarket and SS&C Intralinks.