Summary: The M&A Forecast for 2023 Looks Promising

“M&A is expected to rise in 2023, following a dry spell in the second half of 2022. For the first half of 2022, the M&A industry saw activity higher than the historical average. But according to the Wall Street Journal, corporations' attention shifted internally in the latter half of the year 'as companies faced a mix of financing challenges, including rising interest rates, a pullback in leveraged finance, bond-market jitters and the possibility of a recession.'

Though a slow rise is expected in the beginning of the year, om Miles and Brian Healy, Co-Heads of Americas M&A at Morgan Stanley anticipate an acceleration in deal-making for the second half of 2023. Bankers at Morgan Stanley break down the 4 following themes and how they expect them to shape the M&A market in 2023.”

  1. Well-capitalized companies making acquisitions in their core businesses
  2. Financial sponsors, which are holding record amounts of capital, deploying it in acquisitions
  3. Uneven performance among companies stoking shareholder activism
  4. Cross-border M&A making a comeback


Articles Referenced:

2023 M&A Outlook: 4 Trends as Deals Pick Up | Morgan Stanley

M&A Expected to Rise in 2023 | WSJ 

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