COVID-19: the new reality for deal making

COVID-19: the new reality for deal making

Liz Claydon on the impact of COVID-19 on deal making

Liz Claydon

Partner, Head of Deal Advisory

KPMG in the UK


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“There’s no doubt that the M&A market took a bit of a blow in the first few days and weeks of the crisis. Many processes stalled, or were put on hold, while others were pulled completely. But the talk that mergers and acquisitions have grounded to a halt completely is slightly exaggerated”

In our new reality video Liz Claydon, Partner – Deal Advisory, provides her insights on what COVID-19 has meant for M&A. While the pandemic has had a significant impact on activity, there are still many transactions going ahead and new ones being agreed. In particular, interest in sectors that are underpinning the economy – such as financial services, technology, healthcare and online retail – has been magnified.

“If you have a compelling equity case, a resilient business model underpinned by strong technology, and a robust social purpose, investors will find you.”

What can you do right now? Liz recommends that companies considering M&A:

  • use their time wisely and do their homework
  • lean on readily available expertise and test their ideas
  • make sure digital and the ESG (environmental, social and governance) agenda is at the heart of their proposition.

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