Medical Devices: What's Hot And What's Not

Law360, New York (December 3, 2009, 2:47 PM EST) -- Recent research regarding investments and mergers and acquisitions trends in the medical device industry suggests five overall trends in device industry transactions:

1) overall volume of exit transactions is down significantly during the first three quarters of 2009;

2) average deal valuations during this time are down by almost half, with increasing frequency of creditor- or investor-directed “date certain M&A events” (i.e., fire sales);

3) private equity buyouts comprise a much lower percentage of activity versus prior periods;

4) strategic acquisitions, while down in overall volume,...
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