What M&A Activity Looks Like Right Now

By Gail Weinstein, Steven Epstein and Philip Richter (December 21, 2021, 4:30 PM EST) -- Here's where things stand in mergers and acquisitions as we approach the end of the year and head into 2022.

First, we've seen an extremely high level of M&A activity, driven by:

A shifting of market power among companies and between industries as the effects of the pandemic are reflected;

Pent-up demand from a halt in activity during the pandemic;

Huge reserves of dry powder and available capital at low interest rates;

Expanded recognition, post-pandemic, of the key role of digitization and technology for future growth, the need for stronger supply chains and the need to address environmental, social and governance...

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