The total value of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity was a very buoyant $3.8trillion in 2015. But the latest Grant Thornton IBR data shows that transaction
confidence on both buy and sell side has taken a knock because of global economic instability – particularly in Asia Pacific. We have also seen a rise in the proportion of transactions made up of cross-border deals as acquirers seek to use M&A to enter new markets. And so those looking at future M&A activity will need to understand sentiment in the M&A market and how this is affected by global economic trends in order to create value for their business. Our expert Kai Bartels explains more.