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AFR Special Report: Deal Market Outlook

AFR Special Report: Deal Market Outlook

There is a mixed level of optimism across Australian boardrooms when it comes to the changing structural dynamics of the market and the impact it has on deals – from buying, selling, fixing, funding and partnering perspectives. At a roundtable co-hosted by KPMG and The Australian Financial Review (AFR), prominent business leaders debated the issues.


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Key insights

This AFR Special Report summarises a roundtable discussion exploring the changing structural dynamics of the market and how they impact deals and deal advisory across M&A and capital markets.

M&A activity reflects mixed optimism level – Boards and management teams are increasingly opting for a more measured approach to deals through alliances, joint venture or partnering arrangements, as a way to supplement their organisations capability and expand into new geographies and markets.

Baby Boomers aren’t ready to transfer their wealth yet – While mid-market family companies are supposedly seeking to sell, often older owners find an alternative solution.

Alternative providers bring in liquidity – Attitudes around the availability of capital are mixed. Alternative providers are driving local activity as companies look beyond traditional bank debt to fund expansion.

Due diligence evolves to see under the hood – The importance of getting the due diligence process right not only remains an integral factor, but it’s evolving beyond just numbers and compliance into measuring strategic fit of the new business, its operations, its physical assets and if there is a solid integration plan.

Roundtable participants

The panel included KPMG and key industry leaders:

  • James Thomson , AFR, as facilitator
  • David Heathcote, Head of Deal Advisory, KPMG
  • Peter Turner, Co-Head of M&A, KPMG
  • Joanne Lupton, Partner, Valuation Services, KPMG
  • Adrian MacKenzie, Partner, FiveV Capital
  • Nicky Carp, Executive Director, Unified Healthcare Group
  • Andrew Godfrey, Financial Services Business Leader, Pacific, Mercer
  • Meredith Paynter, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons


Read the AFR Special Report on the deal market outlook.

Online edition

Visit the AFR website to view the online edition of this Special Report.



Produced in association with the Australian Financial Review.

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