Past Event: Wednesday, March 23, 2022

M&A transactions in Australia, like everything, has changed as a result of COVID-19. While deal activity remains strong, who is investing – and what they are investing in – is shifting.

We explore this in our upcoming, eighth edition of Dealtracker, our analysis of the Australian M&A and equity markets. This edition covers transactions during the 18 month period from 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2021, being the first full period under COVID-19 trading conditions and producing some interesting dynamics in M&A markets.

What the data tells us – a snapshot

  • Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, M&A activity levels have been remarkably resilient, with volumes reaching levels not seen for a decade.
  • Some industries have significantly borne the brunt of national and state lockdowns and restrictions, and we are seeing the impact this is having on these businesses.
  • Conversely, acquirer appetite for technology businesses continues to dominate the M&A landscape (particularly amongst private equity managers), along with tech-enabled businesses in other industries that are investing in innovation and digital capabilities.

Featured speakers

Paul Gooley
Partner & National Head of Corporate Finance

Paul specialises in advising clients on acquisition, fundraising, divestment and financial modelling assignments across a diverse range of industries and markets with strong expertise in private equity transactions. Paul leads Grant Thornton’s National Corporate Finance practice and is Head of the Financial Advisory team in Sydney.

Jannaya James
Partner - Financial Advisory

Jannaya has over 18 years’ experience providing insightful advice to a range of small and large corporations in respect of valuations of shares, businesses and intangible assets for a range of purposes.

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