June 21, 2016
Dealmaking significantly subsided in the first half of 2016 following a very active year. Equity market volatility, gaps between buyer and seller valuation expectations in certain industries, choppy debt markets, and political, regulatory and global economic uncertainty all contributed to the first half slowdown. Through the first five months of the year, both US deal value and volume were down approximately 40 percent and 20 percent, respectively, compared to the same period in 2015.
But will the slow start grind to a halt in the second half?