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Tipping Point: COVID-19’s impact on M&A

Bill Curtin, Hogan Lovell’s global head of mergers and acquisitions, recently joined Mergermarket managing editor Tom Cane to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on M&A activity both in the immediate future and on the longer term horizon. What are companies and advisors doing now to get through this unprecedented challenge? Where will opportunities emerge and who is best placed to capitalize on them? 

Dealcast: LatAm M&A Policy Wrap

In this podcast episode Mergermarket’s Latin America editor Thiago Barrozo talks with Stephen Marks, Managing Partner of Miami-based investment and financial advisory firm Emmersion, on investment trends and M&A opportunities in Latin America, the impacts of the trade standoff between China and the US in the region, and the sentiment of US investors towards the recent social and political turmoil in Latin American countries like Bolivia, Chile and Venezuela.

Dealcast: Activism trends in 2020

As activist investors broaden their scope and adjust their tactics, more buysiders are adopting activist tactics.

Some activists are now looking to create value by improving companies’ ESG performance. Meanwhile, their targets often prefer closed-door engagement – a wish which activists are increasingly accommodating.

Add to this the emergence of such funds as The Church Commissioners for England to the ranks of those engaging in forms of shareholder activism.

Big changes are underway in this space.

Activistmonitor’s William Mace and Claudia De Meulemeester joined us to talk about these emerging trends in shareholder activism.

logo Pablo Mayo Cerqueiro Financial Services Correspondent, Acuris

Insurers and banks rethink operations as exchange consolidation deepens

European financial services companies experienced lower levels of M&A in 2019 versus the year before both in terms of transaction volume and value, according to Mergermarket data. However, industry dealmakers are tipped to remain busy, as insurers and banks review their operations while bourses and private equity investors scout for deals.