Strategic Dealmaking To Face Headwinds In 2016

By Chelsea Naso (December 24, 2015, 8:38 PM EST) -- The abundance of strategic tie-ups that helped fuel a record-breaking year of M&A is expected to slow in 2016, as global economic uncertainty, a softening debt market and growing antitrust concerns could weigh on dealmaking as the year progresses, experts say.

Deal value in 2015 left 2007's record $4.61 trillion worth of deals in the dust, ringing in at $4.87 trillion as of Dec. 16, according to data tracked by Dealogic. Deal value ballooned throughout the year, with 11-figure deals inked by strategic corporate buyers being dwarfed by the handful of $100 billion-plus mergers unveiled in recent weeks.

While a significant...

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