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Middle Market M&A 2012 Wrap-Up & 2013 Outlook

a complimentary webinar by Merrill DataSite

Originally broadcast on Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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As we enter the holiday season, there appears at first glance to be little reason to celebrate in the world of global mergers and acquisitions activity. According to published reports from Thomson Reuters, the total value of worldwide Mid-Market M&A was nearly US$500 billion during the first nine months of 2012, an 11.8% decrease from comparable 2011 levels. Similarly, the number of M&A deals announced so far in 2012 fell more than 13% compared to the same period last year. Although we have yet to conclude the year, the consensus is that Q4 is following a similar downward trend.

Despite these disappointing results, there are some significant rays of light. While the middle market as a whole has seen a decrease in the number of overall transactions, high tech, energy and power, and real estate sectors have started to pick up steam and the industrial manufacturing sector has seen a tremendous rebound, with average deal value up over 150% from last year.

To help you to better understand the effect of these M&A results and trends on your business, Merrill DataSite® has assembled a panel of experts to provide insight into how they've managed through the cycle, how they are positioning themselves and their clients to succeed, and what they expect from M&A in 2013.

The upside to down cycles is that they eventually improve. For buyers and sellers alike, coffers remain flush with cash that will likely be put to work in 2013, kicking off a long and sustainable market turnaround for M&A.

Topics that will be addressed:

1. What were the biggest challenges and where were the greatest opportunities in 2012?
2. What were the keys to successful transactions?
3. Which industries and regions will present the greatest opportunities in 2013?
4. What impact will financial reform and tax regulation have on M&A?
5. What role will private equity play in M&A transactions in the coming year?
6. How will equity and debt markets affect M&A transactions?

No fee is required to participate in this special event.