M&A deals and risks will keep rising

Our survey reveals M&A trends and recommendations

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Guy rock climbing at sunset The past year has seen a continual surge of M&A deal volume, and the peak might still be ahead.

“We are in a massive surge of activity, because companies have recovered from the impacts of COVID-19,” said Grant Thornton Mergers and Acquisitions National Managing Principal Elliot Findlay.

In a recent survey of M&A dealmakers, Grant Thornton found that there is a clear consensus on some key expectations for the future. Respondents believe that deal volume is likely to keep growing in many sectors, and they expect valuations to remain high – or get even higher.

Compared to the past six months volume

High valuations will be driven by the appetite for deals, but also by the ongoing increase in special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) and earnouts.

At the same time, dealmakers anticipate the rising volume will come with rising disputes.

As factors keep evolving, it becomes even more important to ensure that valuations, earnout calculations and other aspects of a deal are structured with foresight and responsiveness. By doing this work up front, parties can help avoid dispute and achieve success in an uncertain future.

Download the survey report now to see our results and recommendations.


Elliot Findlay Elliot M. Findlay
National Managing Principal, Mergers & Acquisitions
T +1 312 602 8447

Paul MelvillePaul Melville
National Managing Principal, Corporate Finance
T +1 312 602 8360

Charles Blank Charles K. Blank
Managing Director, Forensic Advisory Services
T +1 212 542 9725

Max Mitchell Max Mitchell
Senior Manager and Leader, Purchase Agreement Advisory
T +1 312 602 8387