Mergermarket Financial Services M&A Forum -- Nov 2017

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Financial services M&A activity is likely to remain steady through the rest of 2017 using data from the first half of this year as a measuring stick. The first six months of 2017 saw 253 deals announced compared to 277, 324 and 279 transactions in the same period for 2016, 2015 and 2014, respectively. However, what makes M&A forecasting difficult is the uncertainty around regulatory reform and technology.

If the Choice Act, which overhauls the Dodd-Frank law, becomes law (awaiting a vote in Senate and President Donald Trump's signature) it could indirectly present corporate boardrooms and private equity firms with opportunities considered unfathomable just a year ago. Lesser known legislative initiatives, such as the CLEARR Act, could also set the stage for greater M&A activity than otherwise would happen under the current regulatory regime. Furthermore, adoption of cutting-edge technologies in blockchain, cryptocurrencies, robo-advisors, robo-traders, payment platforms and other pecuniary software will contribute to "creative destruction" within the financial sector, presenting unforeseen investment opportunities.

Join the Mergermarket team and esteemed panelists for a two-panel discussion in Financial Service industry investment and M&A trends.

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