Feb 12, 2018
Dealmakers in the U.S. believe that companies are likely to deploy funds in 2018 for inorganic growth, according to a survey conducted by Merrill Corporation, a leading provider of virtual data rooms and services for regulatory disclosure. This survey was conducted as part of Merrill Insight™, and included over one thousand investment bankers, corporate executives, private equity professionals, law firms and accounting firms.
Key survey findings among U.S. based webinar participants include:
“The survey results reflect a general view among dealmakers and corporate development executives in the U.S. that inorganic growth should be fairly strong in 2018,” said Rusty Wiley, Merrill’s President and CEO. “Various factors are driving this activity, including a lowered corporate tax rate, strong equities market, increases in corporate venture capital spend, an uptick in cross-sector transactions, and, more broadly, increased financial flexibility for organizations. And while global companies are buoyed by the prospects of a strong, favorable M&A environment, they are also focused on ensuring that the integration of these acquisitions are successful. For corporate development practice areas, as indicated by the survey, they are focused on navigating many internal challenges, including finding and retaining top talent, managing the impact of disruptive technologies, and pressure to do more with less.”