Global Capital Confidence Barometer | 19th edition
Our latest M&A report notes that regulation, trade and tariffs may foster a deal hiatus for some, while many others move forward with acquisition plans.
Global Capital Confidence Barometer: key highlights
Our sector, geography and thematic reports
Read insights from 2,500 senior executives on economic outlook, growth and M&A.
Solid M&A appetite fueled by search for the right talent, technology and new markets.
Despite current slowdown, outlook should improve as companies partner, merge and acquire to enter new markets and acquire new technologies.
Has a big appetite for M&A as companies look to open markets and access new technologies.
Oil and gas
Portfolio reviews increase to improve resilience and responsiveness to evolving technology.
Power and utilities
M&A outlook for energy is improving, despite some subdued conditions for power and utilities companies.
Real estate, hospitality and construction
Deal flow still healthy toward the end of a long bull cycle.
Technology, media and entertainment, and telecommunications
TMT’s robust M&A outlook continues but some companies are pausing dealmaking plans.
Asia-Pacific forecasts a robust deal appetite despite more than half (52%) citing geopolitics as potential threat to M&A.
Australia and New Zealand
For Australasian executives, plans to pursue M&A are being driven by frequent portfolio reviews and entries into new markets.
The recent election of a pro-business candidate is expected to stimulate local M&A, particularly in privatization and private equity activity.
Why are dealmakers, who see an improving overall market, making the decision to pause M&A?
Central and South Eastern Europe and Central Asia
M&A market is improving, but many are still intending to pause in the near term — while they review their portfolios.
Cautiously optimistic on M&A conditions, even amid rising geopolitical uncertainty.
Geopolitical, trade and tariff uncertainties have ﬁnally caused some dealmakers to hit the pause button.
Amid shifting trade policies, Mexico remains optimistic about M&A and is also focused on divesting.
Middle East and North Africa
Regional M&A activity largely driven by sector consolidation led by strategic investors.
A return to M&A after political disruption diminishes and investor confidence increases.
The appetite for mergers and acquisitions in Southeast Asia remains resilient amid rising competition for assets and geopolitical disruption.
Despite confidence, UK companies focus more on operations than on M&A activity, due to policy uncertainties.
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