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Thomson Reuters Deal Makers
Sentiment Survey:

Great Expectations for 2018

This report is based on a survey of 275 M&A and capital markets professionals and business executives across 48 countries, conducted by Thomson Reuters between 15th November 2017 and 15th January 2018. The aggregated results provide a broad and deep quantitative assessment of the prospects for M&A-related and Capital Markets activity in 2018 across all major sectors and geographies.


  • Deal makers are broadly bullish about the prospects for M&A activity during 2018 across most metrics, regions, and industries, despite a highly uncertain macro-economic outlook and very high asset prices.
  • 47% of corporate respondents refer to acquiring 'undervalued assets' as a top M&A objective
  • Technology is seen as the most attractive sector for M&A, with 75% of law/bank deal makers citing it as 'compelling' or 'very compelling'.
  • 64% of respondents are now feeling increasing pressure to use cash reserves on M&A.


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