The challenges and opportunities facing corporate and PE deal-makers in today’s M&A market

24 September 2020
9:00 EDT / 14:00 BST
 -  On demand

The M&A market has seen some significant swings in terms of activity this year, with different deal-makers experiencing different levels of impact due to the COVID-19 crisis.

From a corporate perspective, the US has seen a 32% drop in the total number of transactions closed and Europe a 33% drop compared to 2019, along with a 27% and a 19% decrease in total deal values, respectively. Asia also saw a decline in transactions in the first half of this year, but encouragingly looks like it has already bounced back from that downturn, in particular in China and Japan. Will the US, Europe and other regions follow suit?

From a PE/VC perspective, many firms are still sitting on big amounts of dry powder, and many have actively been exploring other opportunities during the crisis on the back of that. Many in the US, particularly the larger firms, have expanded into other private market strategies, moving away from more traditional M&A investments, taking advantage of things like carve-out opportunities. Is that wider approach going to be the ‘new normal’’ for M&A investment?

Our expert panel will discuss all that and more during this live and interactive webinar.

  • How have different global markets fared in terms of M&A activity – and what does the future hold for each?
  • What are the biggest challenges facing dealmakers today – and where do the opportunities lie going forward?
  • What are the golden rules when it comes to successfully closing a deal – and capitalising on your investment? 


  • Dominic Orchard – Managing Director at Alvarez & Marsal
  • Ian Bagshaw – Partner, Co-Head Global Private Equity at White&Case
  • Mark Weil – CEO at TMF Group
  • Gordon Chin – Corporate Vice President, Legal for Envision AESC