The U.S. Federal Reserve recently raised interest rates to slow the effects of rampant inflation. This is occurring in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and a rapid global response. What impacts will these economic and geopolitical actions have on M&A activity in the coming year?

SRS Acquiom recently surveyed M&A professionals for their views. This new SRS Acquiom Barometer™ survey, conducted between March 17–21, 2022, reveals divided opinions on the impacts of these economic and geopolitical effects M&A activity. Respondents provided insights on the following topics:

  • What impact, if any, will inflation rates have on M&A activity in 2022?
  • The Federal Reserve recently raised interest rates. What effect, if any, do you believe this rate increase will have on deal volume in 2022?
  • What types of transactions are most likely to be impacted by rate increases in 2022?
  • What impact, if any, will higher interest rates have on the availability of capital for M&A activity in 2022?
  • In your own business, which (if any) of these actions are you currently taking, or planning to take in the next three months, with respect to anticipated rate increases?
  • What impact, if any, will the rate increase have on the use of escrows in M&A transactions in 2022?
  • What impact, if any, will the Russian invasion of Ukraine have on M&A volume in 2022?
  • What impact, if any, will the Russian invasion of Ukraine have on M&A deal size in 2022?
  • Do you think the invasion of Ukraine will impact M&A deal terms for companies that do not have material connections with Russia or Ukraine?
  • Which M&A deal terms do you think will be impacted?
  • What impact, if any, will the sanctions imposed in connection with the Russian invasion of Ukraine have on M&A deal volume in 2022?
  • What impact, if any, will removal of Russian banks from SWIFT have on M&A deal volume in 2022?

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