Forecast Overview
After a few soft patches in 2017 we have a more optimistic outlook for the global economy and dealmaking in 2018, as long as the brakes are not put any further on global free trade.
We forecast an uplift in M&A and IPO activity as dealmakers and investors gain greater confidence in the business prospects of acquisition targets and newly listed businesses. However it’s not a done deal, with the threat of a Hard Brexit and a NAFTA collapse both still very real risks. Businesses and their advisers will need to continue to make the case for liberal trade and investment frameworks. But with many of the major European and Asian economies demonstrating good potential for growth next year, we remain confident that 2018 will be a near record year for transactions. I hope that our 2018 Global Transactions Forecast developed in conjunction with our friends at Oxford Economics gives you clear insight into why we believe that to be the case. Its unique combination of economic modeling coupled with the insights and market knowledge of our transactional partners in 40 major markets make it an informative read. I recommend it to you.
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