At the half-year stage, US dealflow was down sharply whilst China was least impacted. Megadeals declined although mid-market showed resiliency. Meanwhile, private equity's global M&A market share reached record level.
US asset and wealth management M&A saw a significant uptick before the coronavirus pandemic, fueled in part by aging registered investment advisors looking to sell at high valuations amid a booming stock market. While current volatility has put the brakes on activity, some deals are still getting done and the longer term prospects look healthy, notably driven by strong interest from private equity. Raymond James’ Liz and Peter Nesvold recently joined host Tom Cane to discuss the unfolding landscape for the sector. It's a time for companies to learn good habits in bad times and position themselves for future opportunities. According toMergermarket data, Raymond James has been one of the most active investment banks in the field, with recent deals including advising Stratos Wealth Holdings on a strategic minority investment from Emigrant Partners.
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