Lex Mundi reveals key trends for Global M&A in 2021

Lex Mundi member firms’ insights and predictions across five key regions and 71 jurisdictions

Lex Mundi, the world’s leading global network of independent law firms, has launched a new report on the key trends for global mergers & acquisitions (M&A). The Global M&A Trends Report 2021 sets out insights from 2020 and predictions for the year ahead from 67 law firms in respect of M&A, including key concerns facing private company M&A practitioners, and deal activity by market segment and sector, in their respective jurisdictions.

Although the impact of COVID-19 on deal terms is noted by some respondents as top of mind, legislative and regulatory changes, national security or foreign investment restrictions, and antitrust considerations rank higher or at least as high. However, despite the challenges to deal-making, a substantial majority of firms expect 2021 to see increased deal activity in both public and private M&A, with less than a handful of jurisdictions anticipating less activity than in 2020.

The report provides statistics from the survey on key concerns amongst practitioners, deal activity by market and sector, and predictions for 2021 across five regions:

  1. North America
  2. Latin America and the Caribbean
  3. Europe
  4. Africa and the Middle East
  5. Asia and the Pacific

For a deep dive into the trends and 2021 predictions from our member firms across each of those key regions download the second annual edition of the Lex Mundi Global M&A Trends Report.

Lex Mundi’s Head of North America in the Global Markets team, Jenny Karlsson, commented:
“Dealmakers are currently facing unprecedented headwinds when navigating the landscape surrounding cross-border transactions, from the global pandemic, to foreign investment restrictions and Brexit. However, in our annual survey of M&A practitioners across the Lex Mundi network, cautious optimism for the year ahead appears to be the prevailing sentiment across the globe.

“Moving beyond the pandemic will be entering into uncharted waters. Most predict new and emerging challenges in year ahead, adding even more complexity to cross-jurisdictional matters.

“The insight from this report will allow corporate leaders and General Counsel to more easily see around corners and better anticipate risk when handling complex transactions.”

The Global M&A Trends Report 2021 is the latest piece of insight released by Lex Mundi to support corporate leaders and General Counsel with time-critical decisions and action steps in relation to complex, multi-jurisdictional corporate matters. Equisphere, the network’s innovative service delivery model, uniquely combines collaborative technology, lean-agile work methodologies, and professional account management to match expertise to the business footprint of each legal matter.