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ANALYSIS: Q1 Global M&A Slowdown Reveals Market Disruptions

April 3, 2020, 5:22 PM

While first-quarter data document the start of an M&A slowdown, we’re also beginning to see the outlines of some other, potentially more significant changes. As expected, mergers and acquisitions market players in recent days have announced that M&A has been put “on hold” and that we shouldn’t expect a recovery until after the second quarter.

It was only on March 11 that the World Health Organization declared that the novel coronavirus outbreak was a pandemic. With that in mind, first-quarter data cannot fully illustrate its impacts on the M&A market. The first-quarter Bloomberg Global M&A Legal League ...

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