Insights from an M&A monitor

August 2009
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Insights from an M&A monitor

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A reprint from Executive Council: July/August 2009, Volume 6, Number 3.

Executive Council: July/August 2009, Volume 6, Number 3

With the United States economy in the midst of a deep recession, it may seem an odd time to focus on merger activity. But with credit markets thawing, hundreds of billions of new dollars injected into the banking system, and publicly-traded equity values that are down sharply, the time is ripe for cash-heavy firms and investors to launch a new wave of M&A activity.

At the same time, however, the financial crisis has given rise to heightened concern about systemic risk and overall skepticism of big business. As a result, firms should anticipate increased scrutiny of M&A transactions.