Introduction

In the current global market, very few things are certain other than that volatility and change are ever-present. What then does this mean for the short to medium-term outlook for public M&A?

In this year’s M&A 2020 Outlook, we set out our views on what 2020 is likely to bring in the world of public M&A, based on our experience acting on transactions over the last 12 months, our analysis of the latest available data and our discussions with leading industry players.

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2020 trends and predictions

WHO WILL BE TARGETS?

Less resources activity, increased competition for assets and more demergers

WHO WILL BE BIDDING?

More activity from private equity and super funds, and foreign interest (ex China) to remain high

HOW WILL THEY PAY?

Lower premia (except for foreign bidders), cash to remain king but scrip set to increase

HOW WILL IT GET DONE?

More creativity to bridge the value gap and greater use of process deeds and W&I insurance

WHAT WILL REGULATORS DO?

A focus on data, more intervention and the creation of a level playing field


Analysis


Contacts