M&A and Capital Markets Update Q3 2012

With the US economy continuing to send mixed signals, the M&A market slowed during the third quarter of 2012 with the overall number of US middle-market M&A deals year-to-date declining 9.5 percent. However, the availability of corporate cash and private equity raised capital, along with stable debt markets, and the number of investors looking for strong performing companies continues to drive a high number of potential investors who are awaiting the results of the US elections to see if government policy changes are made, and whether macroeconomic conditions stabilize in both the US and global markets. Given these indicators, Baker Tilly Capital feels an increase in investment activity is forthcoming.

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