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M&A deals slowed significantly or stopped entirely with U.S. shutdowns in March 2020. M&A activity hit bottom in April 2020 before bouncing during the summer. Over the course of the year, most deals went completely virtual, and financial buyers outnumbered strategic buyers over the summer. By the end of the year, however, strategic buyers were interested in M&A again.
Pursant flagged some notable changes in the M&A world toward the end of 2020. Business owners are showing fatigue as a result of managing through the COVID-19 pandemic, whether their business fared well or not. The pandemic has served as a catalyst to stimulate business sale and liquidity event activity. Additionally, COVID-19-related earnings bumps and earnings reductions have created extra diligence challenges for parties.
Here are a few predictions for M&A in 2021:
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