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2024 M&A outlook for corporate deal makers

Most executives expect an M&A rebound in 2024, with 75% planning deals amid renewed economic confidence and easing interest rates.

In 2023, corporate dealmakers faced numerous challenges to executing on M&A transactions, from economic uncertainties to rising interest rates, which dampened M&A volumes for the year. However, the 2024 M&A Outlook for corporate deal makers report presents a promising resurgence across various sectors, driven by improving market conditions and growing confidence among corporate executives.

The KPMG 2024 M&A Survey reveals that a majority of executives anticipate a surge in M&A activity in 2024, with 75% planning to complete at least one deal. The renewed confidence in the U.S. economy and easing high interest rates contribute to this optimistic outlook.

Key objectives for corporate deals in 2024 include:

  • Driving long-term strategic value and growth
  • Accelerating broad business transformation
  • Identifying recession-resistance industries and businesses

Despite the positive outlook, corporate dealmakers continue to face challenges such as weak global economic growth, geopolitical instability, and uncertainty surrounding the U.S. presidential election. Stricter regulatory oversight of business deals around competition, prices, and innovation may also impact deals.

KPMG Deal Advisory & Strategy is ready to support clients throughout the M&A lifecycle, offering an execution-focused approach to maximize and accelerate value creation. Take advantage of improving market conditions and capitalize on the anticipated upswing in M&A activity for 2024 by managing risks and optimizing value realization through the KPMG integrated approach.

To gain deeper insights into the 2024 M&A outlook, strategies, and how KPMG can help navigate the changing landscape, download our report now. For our 2024 M&A outlook for private equity, click here.

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