A new series of virtual briefings that re-imagine M&A conferences for a connected remote US audience.

North America

North American M&A activity has been a powerhouse of global dealflow in recent years, but its share of global M&A was overshadowed by gains in Asian and European markets in 2020. The impact of the pandemic caused North American deal value to slump one-fifth in 2020 to 5,243 deals worth USD 1.3trn. SPACs, which recorded $82bn of issuance, have been targeting increasingly larger deals in the past few years, with the average acquisition size growing to USD 1.39bn in 2020. Undoubtedly this will fuel the M&A pipeline in the year ahead. 

Yet dealmakers learned how to execute deals in a challenging environment and overall activity is trending upwards, which bodes well for M&A in 2021.

Latin America

The Latin American M&A market, bruised but not broken by the pandemic, displayed a healthy rebound in the second half of 2020. Technology M&A increased 29% by value compared to 2019, highlighting the growing presence of the tech industry in Latin America. There were 88 deals worth USD 5.8bn announced in the sector in 2020, up from 87 deals worth USD 4.5bn in 2019.

Looking ahead at 2021, as the region emerges from the health crisis and foreign buyers return, the market is poised for growth, particularly in high-growth sectors.

US Corporate Development Summit

After the success of the first virtual US Corporate Development summit in 2020 this conference will return in 2021 as a hybrid event in Chicago, allowing both physical and virtual participation.

The flagship conference for Mergermarket in the Americas will feature panels, presentations and keynotes designed for both corporate development officers and private equity investors, including topics such as exit strategies, financing options and cross-border opportunities .

US M&A Awards

Recognising excellence in M&A advisory is what the global franchise of Mergermarket’s M&A Awards seeks to achieve. After becoming a highlight of the year for the European deals community, 2021 will see the first M&A Awards for the US market.

Our rigorous judging process is unique. It starts with analysis of our market-leading league tables followed by a shortlist announcement and scrutiny by a panel of expert judges. There is only one winner per category, which means an M&A Award from Mergermarket is true recognition of an outstanding year.

M&A Momentum

After a rollercoaster year, M&A in the Americas made significant leaps on the road to recovery towards the end of 2020. This new series of virtual events from Mergermarket in partnership with Datasight will connect the M&A community in different geographic regions to explore the trends, sectors, challenges and opportunities that await in 2021.

Sector Spotlight

The COVID-19 pandemic hit some sectors harder than others, making it more important than ever to think about M&A in a sector-specific way. This series will connect the M&A community in those sectors expected to see the most deal activity in 2021 to explore the trends, challenges and opportunities that await.

Who should attend?

As part of our mission to keep M&A professionals connected, this series is for anyone conducting or advising on deals and capital raising in corporate development, private equity, financial advisory, investment banking and legal services.

About the format

Each session will be hosted by a Mergermarket expert, featuring high-impact panel discussions between market participants and audience Q&A that informs and connects the industry.

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