Must-Know M&A trends of 2024

Ludo Lugnani
Ludo Lugnani

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M&A comeback

In Short: The M&A landscape is witnessing a significant shift, moving away from private equity's dominance to a renewed focus on strategic acquisitions.

What to Expect:

  • Company-Led Transformation: The spotlight is now on companies as they drive the M&A agenda with strategic deals aimed at accelerating growth and realignment. Unlike the previous years dominated by financial buyers, 2024 is set to see an increase in corporate transactions, focusing on long-term strategic value rather than short-term financial gains.
  • Mid-Market Momentum: With an eye on agility and adaptability, companies are increasingly venturing into mid-market deals. These transactions allow for quicker integration and realisation of synergies, making them an attractive option for companies looking to pivot or expand their core operations efficiently.
  • Portfolio Optimisation: In a bid to stay competitive and responsive to rapidly changing market conditions, companies are actively engaging in portfolio realignment. Essentially, looking at what they own to see if they can improve it. This involves getting rid of non-core assets and acquiring businesses that boost their strategic positioning and enhance shareholder value.
  • Carve-Outs and Spin-Offs: As part of their strategic transformation, companies are also looking at carve-outs and spin-offs to shed non-essential divisions, thereby sharpening their focus and resource allocation towards more lucrative and core business segments. This trend is not just about trimming the fat but also about unlocking hidden value and fostering innovation.

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