M&A picking up as acquirers, investors gain comfort with COVID-19

Acquirers’ due diligence is evolving because it’s harder to use historical data to predict the future, deal advisors say. It’s slow speed ahead rather than no speed ahead for M&A activity as coronavirus-related uncertainty dissipates. 

Acquirers and their investors have slowly learned to live with the pandemic, experts say. There was a shock and a lot of questions in the markets, but clients’ comfort level has grown in the last month, Grant Thornton Advisory Services Director Michael Joseph says. 

When COVID-19 first impacted companies acquirers stopped doing new deals, refocusing their efforts on completing ones already in process, Willis Towers Watson senior director David Hunt said. But they’ve started buying again as they have become more assured.

Source: CFO Dive (2020)

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