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With a more relaxed antitrust posture and the possibility of tax reform on the horizon, merger activity is expected to rise this year. About 44 % of dealmakers see the number of transactions rising this year, while 35% expect M&A to be about the same as last year. Only one in five expect the number of mergers to drop from last year, according to a new Brunswick Group survey.
Among the other findings
- Half of those surveyed see the Trump administration as a positive for deals and 21 percent see the new president as neutral. Less than a third of dealmakers see the new administrative as a hindrance for transactions.
- Healthcare, energy and pharmaceuticals are seen as the hottest sectors for deal activity.
- The one hitch is for foreign companies looking to buy U.S. companies. Nearly three quarters of those surveyed expect foreign purchases to face more scrutiny.