Global M&A snapshot 2015

Transaction momentum building Companies are increasingly focused on high-quality strategic transactions, with less time spent on investigating peripheral opportunities, according to Grant Thornton International's annual tracker of business leader M&A intentions. Despite some familiar challenges and uncertainties, underlying growth is relatively strong in many developed economies, while other key metrics such as interest rates, employment and availability of funding are also positive. The historically cyclical transaction market may well be at a point where the objectives and valuations of buyers are broadly aligned according to our research.

A growing appetite for acquisitions In an improving M&A market (33% of business leaders globally plan to grow through acquisition over the next three years), acquirers are becoming more selective about which opportunities they spend their time on. And with market activity increasing, the prospects for strategic M&A activity over the next three years are also on the rise.

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