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03 May 2020

A new reality for M&A and Private Equity post COVID

A new reality for M&A and Private Equity post COVID

John Cushing, CEO and founder of mnAI discusses with Real Deals the impact of the pandemic on the buyer’s market and shifting the M&A process online.

COVID-19 is causing unprecedented disruption to the global economy. For most businesses, including those operating within the financial services industry, uncertainty is the new normal.  There is no playbook to navigate the current situation  so a certain amount of improvisation will be required to survive the crisis and then accelerate during the eventual recovery.

Some businesses will react by shelving expansion plans and focusing on strengthening balance sheets and many will see a drop in demand and reduction in revenues and cash flow.  As a result the M&A process will be severely disrupted.

The overall value of M&A was $698billion in the first three months of this year, down from $964billion the previous year  – the weakest year-opening quarter in four years according to financial data company Refinitiv.

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