Analysis

Looming Challenges Unlikely To Cool Red-Hot M&A Market

By Benjamin Horney (January 3, 2022, 12:02 PM EST) -- Mergers and acquisitions activity is on fire as megadeals hit historic heights, special purpose acquisition company deals remain popular and dealmakers hunt to create value through carveouts and spinoffs, and the market is poised to stay hot in 2022 despite headwinds.

The anticipated pace for the new year is in spite of numerous issues that could, in normal circumstances, chill dealmaking, such as the ongoing threat of COVID-19, a heightened regulatory environment, geopolitical strife, the potential for tax reform and an eventual increase in federal interest rates.

"Those are some of the macroeconomic indicators that people are watching," said Rahul Patel,...

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