Attaching a pertinent study covering over 250 corporate M&A professionals who participated in Lion Equity Partners 1st Annual Corporate Development Survey. The survey, conducted throughout January and February 2021, polled corporate M&A professionals from some of the largest and most acquisitive corporations across the globe. The collected data measures recent M&A activity and current challenges and trends surrounding corporate deal origination, acquisitions, and divestitures. Additionally, the report illustrates overall job sentiment amongst Corporate M&A professionals.
M&A activity has rebounded from the hiatus in the early innings of the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, 72% of respondents expect deal volumes to increase in 2021, and 63% of companies anticipate an increased appetite for M&A in 2021. While it appears deal activity will be robust in 2021, corporate dealmakers face significant obstacles to deal execution, including high valuations, uncertain market conditions and unprecedented challenges executing and integrating deals in a virtual environment.
Encouragingly, the report or study reveals that a migration toward normal working conditions (12% have already returned to the office full-time, 22% are partially in office, 20% expect to return within the next 6 months and another 28% to return within 12 months). Additionally, 91% expect to travel for business within the next 12 months. Despite M&A roadblocks and fluid working environments, the Corporate Development job sentiment remains relatively high. Many respondents indicate high levels of satisfaction regarding personal fulfillment and compensation. Notably, 80% plan to remain in this profession long term. Many respondents believe this profession strikes the right balance of intellectual stimulation, impact and professional and personal fulfillment.
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