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Several factors contributed to the ongoing uncertainty in global mergers and acquisitions activity during the second quarter of 2023, including the repercussions of high interest rates and the standoff over the U.S. debt ceiling. Private equity firms faced difficulties in conducting acquisitions as the environment for leveraged buyouts became unfavorable, resulting in a significant decline in their activity. In addition to these challenges, there were concerns regarding the availability of credit for middle-market M&A, primarily due to regional banking crises.
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