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IMAP closes 47 M&A transactions in Q1 2024


The uptick in middle-market deal activity registered towards the end of last year carried into 2024 and IMAP dealmakers closed 47 M&A deals around the world worth more than $3 billion in Q1. Confidence has generally strengthened over the past several months with fears of a recession essentially dismissed, inflation lower, but still high relative to pre-2020 standards, improvements in the financing environment and buoyant stock market gains. Company earnings and profits are recovering compared to this this time last year and high-quality businesses with strong margins continue to attract interest from well positioned strategic buyers who remain the dominant force in M&A.

Many financial buyers continue to sit on the sidelines pending visibility regarding the timing of interest rate cuts. Moreover, there is still an ongoing disconnect between seller and buyer valuation expectations. Overall confidence has increased in Q1, although buyers continue to be very careful in their analysis of the strategic fit of target companies and when performing due diligence. About a third of IMAP transactions in Q1 were cross-border as IMAP dealmakers continued to leverage their international reach and help clients seize opportunities abroad. From a sector perspective, IMAP was most active in the Consumer, Industrials, Technology, Healthcare and Services segments.

Going forward, the global economic and geopolitical landscape will remain dynamic, but IMAP partners are reporting strong and growing pipelines. The bubbling sense of optimism in the market could grow further with potential rate cuts later this year, and perhaps most importantly, if PE players start to make moves. In fact, many PE funds are under increasing pressures to put their capital to work.


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