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MarktoMarket has followed-up its initial survey on post-COVID attitudes towards M&A and Capital Raising by going back to its network of the UK’s most prominent and active M&A, Private Equity and Venture Capital professionals to assess their outlook on levels of activity and valuations.  For access to the full report please contact

Our results suggest that sentiment is growing for a bounce back in M&A activity in the second half of 2020:

  • our data indicates a significant positive shift in expectations for an upturn in deal volumes in the second half of 2020 (versus the first half)
  • aborted deals declined, with almost half as many advisers and investors working on cancelled deals in May relative to April
  • the proportion of our network expecting M&A valuations to fall by more than 25% in the second half declined from 22% to 12%
  • a majority of our network now expects either an increase or no change in the volume of fundraising deals in the second half of 2020 (versus the first half)….
  • ….however, a growing number of advisers and investors worked on fundraising deals where valuations have been reduced, predominantly due to COVID-19