The M&A Market Has Already Turned the Corner, BCG Study Finds, as Bold Dealmakers Pursue Downturn Opportunities


Amid the Disruption and Uncertainty, Dealmakers Increasingly See Alternative Deals—such as Joint Ventures, Strategic Alliances, and Corporate Venturing—as Effective Ways to Access New Capabilities and Reduce Risk.

If history is any indication, dealmakers have reason to be cautiously optimistic about a near-term revival of the M&A market. A study by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in collaboration with Professor Sönke Sievers of Paderborn University finds that, after a sharp decline, monthly M&A deal volume has already returned to the low end of the historically normal level. The findings are detailed in BCG’s 2020 M&A report, titled Alternative Deals Gain Traction, released today.

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