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2017 Predictions

2016 was a big year in terms of surprises in the M&A market. The Brexit shook investor confidence but overall the environment remained hopeful and optimistic. I conduct annual predictions for turnarounds and businesses, so here’s my first attempt at predicting changes in the M&A market during 2017.  

  • Distressed entities, bankruptcies and turnaround activity ▲ 5% 
  • CAD improves by approximately 5% in comparison to the USD 
  • The software industry will significantly outpace other technology sectors 
  • European markets will outperform China on a percentage of improvement basis  
  • There will be a significant increase in the inability to close M&A activity 
  • Technology and training are the primary hurtles to optimizing U.S. Manufacturing  
  • The Independent Sponsor model will become increasingly popular  
  • Microsoft will outperform Apple 
  • The number of states allowing nonmedical Cannabis ▲ +10% 
  • A standardize recognition for business valuations  


Michael Koeppel