EY reports strong demand for M&A activity

by Steve Randall28 Apr 2016
EY reports strong demand for M&A activity
Global mergers and acquisitions activity is set to remain strong this year according to a new study from EY. Half of its survey’s respondents plan M&A in the next 12 months and 40 per cent intend to form alliances.
The Global Capital Confidence Barometer polled more than 1,700 executives in 45 countries and also revealed that 28 per cent are expecting unsolicited bids in the next 12 months. Bigger deals are also anticipated as companies make bolder moves.
The sectors with the highest acquisition appetite: oil and gas; consumer products and retail; power and utilities; diversified industrial products; and life sciences.
Almost three quarters of respondents are considering cross-border transactions but global economic and regulatory issues are top of the list of concerns.
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