US M&A activity in 2016 is showing signs of slowdown
from 2015’s record year. But while antitrust and
national security concerns appear to be factors, Brexit and the
upcoming presidential elections have not made an impact,
according to counsel.
Thomson Reuters data shows
global M&A activity is down 20 percent from 2016, at $1.44
trillion. European and UK-based activity is falling off
most sharply, with the US seeing a record low share of M&A
activity. And although the US is still seeing better
comparative deal activity, it’s also down on last
David Shine, Paul Hastings"I think it’s fair to
say that the global M&A market is slowing, but not slowed
yet. That is in large part due to uncertainty over both the EU
Referendum and the US presidential election," said Peter
Cohen-Millstein, partner at Linklaters....