We explore the future trends and fundamental drivers of global transactions in our new “Global Transaction Forecast: The Impact of Macro Trends on Future M&A and IPO Activity.” This report, prepared in conjunction with Oxford Economics, includes projections that:

  • Global M&A and IPO activity will rise, peaking in 2017 in developed markets and in 2018 in emerging markets
  • Cross-border transactions will play a significant role as companies look to gain market presence in high growth markets
  • Emerging market M&A will capture a larger share of total deals, and companies from emerging markets will also drive cross border IPO activity
  • Standout markets for high transactional growth include developed economies The Netherlands, UK and Sweden; BRIC nations China/Hong Kong and India; and emerging markets Mexico, Egypt and Vietnam
  • Most active sectors will be Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Goods, Telecommunications, Financials, and Energy


The report also outlines the six macroeconomic trends that will drive global economic growth and key risks that may limit global growth prospects.

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