The Impact Protectionist Attitudes have had on the M&A Market

According to The Deal, throughout 2016, there was an increase in the protectionist sentiment in the U.S. and Europe. This is undoubtedly a powerful movement that will affect dealmaking of the future. In the second quarter of 2017, The Deal and Intralinks hosted a panel of experts to weigh in on their experiences and their predicted environment of dealmaking across borders.  The panel of experts forecasted the future of dealmaking throughout 2017 as President Trump, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, and potential new administrations in France and the Netherlands restructure their economic policies. The Vice President of Strategy and Product Marketing at Intralinks, Matt Porzio, served as the moderator.

The Panelists discussed the impending issues dealmakers could encounter to minimize the possibility of an adverse response to a cross-border deal. They then reviewed which strategies would most likely work in mitigating protectionist opposition to any given transaction. They’ve also considered how the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. may consider cross-border deals differently than it has in the past, given its current status that identified challenges in which buyers from various countries and industries might face when attempting to acquire international assets. Finally, the panel examined how companies desire to expand overseas, and how that may affect their government’s response to popular protectionist sentiment.
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