The continuing turmoil in the debt market has disrupted the upward market trend in M&A activity. Recent earnings releases by the large investment and commercial banks have demonstrated the extent of losses, which have been incurred, and most market analysts believe that there are still more to be realized. Although the losses being reported have been blamed largely on the sub-prime mortgage market in the United States, it is apparent that other forms of financing have been compromised as well.
Leveraged buy-outs and large deals have been affected most directly. The holders of collateralized debt and structured debt are swimming in a pool of losses and bad news. This has had a dramatic impact on their profitability and their credibility with investors. We have collected this data in order to help our clients understand the impact of the recent market turmoil on middle-market M&A activity around the world.
Given our worldwide reach and the independence of our M&A team, we do these surveys in order to provide our clients with critical information as they decide how to proceed with corporate acquisition and divestiture plans.
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