Making sense of the M&A market

Contact: Brenon Daly

It’s been tough to read the markets in 2012. On Wall Street, although all of the major US equity market indexes are still in the green for the year, uncertainty has been ticking steadily upward, with the CBOE VIX recently touching a high for the year.

Those crosscurrents are also being seen in the M&A market: In the recent M&A Leaders’ Survey from 451 Research and Morrison & Foerster, more than half of the respondents said they are busier with activity such as networking, meetings and negotiations around deals so far this year than in either of the two previous years. (That was twice as high as the percentage that said general activity has tailed off.) Yet in terms of actual M&A spending, the total for January-May 2012 is lower than the same period in both 2011 and 2010.

To help decipher the market and – more importantly – get a sense of where it’s heading for the rest of 2012, please join Brenon Daly, 451 Research’s head of M&A, and Robert Townsend, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Global M&A Practice, for an exclusive webinar on Thursday, May 31 at 1:00pm EST/10:00am PST. Register now for this free webinar.