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M&A activity for 2020 – steady in uncertain times

Our 2020 M&A outlook surveyed many leading executives and M&A advisers across the island of Ireland for their insights on trends for the year ahead.

Findings show that 90% of respondents expect M&A activity for 2020 to be at or above 2019 levels, despite a challenging trading environment. Prevailing macro-economic uncertainties may, however, be impacting the market in favour of buyers in 2020 as 38% of respondents consider 2020 to be a ‘sellers’ market compared to 60% in 2019. Interestingly, NI respondents held a quite different view to their counterparts in RoI with only 17% expecting 2020 to be a seller’s market.

Sustainability agenda to impact M&A deal-making in 2020

Unsurprisingly, climate change and decarbonisation is on the minds of M&A leaders with 67% saying it will be a factor in M&A strategies in 2020. With increasing focus nationally and globally on sustainability issues, and expected movement of capital flows away from carbon intensive industries towards green investments, it is expected that deal makers will use M&A as a tool to pivot their business models.