Market Mayhem Triggers Deal-Making Drought

Posted on AllSides August 1st, 2022
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Merger activity has slowed dramatically after a record year in 2021, and some deal makers are bracing for an even quieter second half.

In the U.S., about $1 trillion of deals had been struck in 2022 through late July, according to Dealogic. That is the lowest in five years—excluding 2020, when deal making ground to a halt at the outset of the pandemic—and a nearly 40% drop from the same period in 2021. Globally, some $2.4 trillion of deals were announced, representing a roughly 30% decrease. The total number of transactions...

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