As boardrooms and investors look forward to a strengthening economic outlook in 2018, Clifford Chance takes a look at some of the forces and trends that will shape the global M&A environment.
In this year's report, Clifford Chance's M&A experts consider four major themes and their impact upon the global M&A market in 2018.
Data: A new asset class comes of age. The emergence of data as a key asset class, alongside the spiralling impact of cyber-attacks and increasing scrutiny and sanctions from data regulators, is changing how buyers across all sectors approach deals.
Shareholder activism: The next generation. Activism is spreading from its traditional North American hunting ground to Europe and Asia, and strategies are diversifying. No business is immune, and listed companies need to prepare and respond with a tailored, considered and transparent approach.
Foreign Direct Investment and M&A. Cross-border investment is increasingly politicised, leading to diverging attitudes and rules. The conflicting perspectives on international investment set a challenging stage for cross border M&A.
Private Equity: Under pressure. With vast sums available, private equity sponsors are in fierce competition for quality assets as investors seek returns comparable to the past. As a result, traditional operating and compensation models are under pressure and sponsors need to innovate to keep up.
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