M&A Activity: Where are We in the Cycle?
17 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2014
Date Written: September 17, 2014
A number of studies have shown that M&A activity is cyclical by nature. Drivers such as economic expansion, regulatory changes or the emergence of new technologies have meant that M&A transaction volumes in the US have followed a succession of high and low points for over a century now.
After several lean years following the 2008 financial crisis, M&A activity on capital markets is enjoying a marked resurgence. This is illustrated by the return of mega deals in both the US and Europe and the resumption of bidding wars. A number of questions spring to mind in this newly buoyant context: is it the beginning of another cycle? If so, where are we in this cycle? How long will it last? What are the drivers?
Keywords: M&A, merger and acquisition, risk arbitrage, merger arbitrage, cycle
JEL Classification: G34
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