7th August 2020

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many organisations have been understandably focused on stabilising cash-flow. As restrictions start to be eased, organisations will begin to look to the future and plan for recovery. For this reason, we thought it would be helpful to hold a “Life After Lockdown” mini-series of free live webinars, dedicated to supporting them into the next phase of this crisis.

Our last webinar was an M&A and Markets update and will be hosted by John Healey, Corporate Finance Partner at UNW, and Stephanie Davidson, Corporate Finance Senior Manager at UNW. They were joined by guest speaker Gareth Lewis, Head of Investment Strategy at Tilney.

M&A and Markets Update:

Gareth reflected on global market behaviour and performance during the first half of 2020, in response to the effects of the pandemic. Following unprecedented governmental intervention in the normal functioning of economies, and despite huge stimulus efforts from central banks, a severe global recession is widely forecast.  He shared views on the likely next phases for global markets, and which industries and business are best positioned to weather the storm ahead of a possible ‘V’, ‘U’ or ‘W’ shaped recovery.

After a sharp decline in deal activity in March, there are signs that the transaction markets are starting to recover, but what has changed? John and Stephanie presented on a variety of topics, such as the impact of COVID-19 on M&A and capital raising, transaction market prospects and the shape of deals to come.

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