What will the new M&A environment in EMEA look like after the coronavirus pandemic and what shifts can dealmakers make to look ahead of the crisis and find new opportunities?
Hosted by the Financial Times, in partnership with Datasite, this webinar presents a fresh perspective on these pressing questions, as well as the wider state of play in EMEA dealmaking and seeks to map out what the new world of M&A will look like post-pandemic.
EMEA has experienced a decade-long boom in M&A activity, highlighted by some of the largest deals in history being made in recent years. 2020 was set to be similar, however, in March this year, the coronavirus pandemic hit the global economy hard with volatile financial markets, a huge drop in consumer spending and surges in unemployment levels. Not only did dealmaking activity slowdown but it immediately had leaders in private equity, investment banking, advisory and law pondering a completely different playing field for future dealmaking once the economy starts to emerge out of the crisis.
A continued downturn in M&A activity is still on the horizon but the industry is starting to look to the future and assess its options for survival. One of the most important factors of future dealmaking will be how deals can be made as the world of work continues to move rapidly towards remote and virtual processes. Furthermore, M&A players need to identify the regulatory shifts that are likely to be brought in as governments desperately seek to jumpstart their economies back into gear.