Cross-border mergers and acquisitions down in 2019

Worldwide deal-making in 2019 numbered in the trillions of dollars, making last year one of the best in recent history when it comes to business. Some of those deals included mergers and acquisitions in Canada -- including cross-border pursuits. Cross-border mergers and acquisitions totaled more than $1 trillion, but that is the lowest it has been since 2013.

Most companies chose to remain in their own neck of the woods when it came to dealmaking in 2019. That being said, larger companies did take some risks. Those mergers and acquisitions worth more than $10 billion rose by 8% -- the highest they have been since 2015. Meanwhile, more than 20 deals totaling more than $20 million made up about a quarter of the world's business volume last year.

Massive deals were where it was at in 2019, with many of those deals happening stateside. The threat of an economic slowdown has not put the brakes on these deals, either. In fact, analysts say, the environment remains and will continue to remain, positive for business deals since a tepid economy is the right atmosphere for acquisitions, particularly.

It is always important to have the advice and guidance of a lawyer in Canada when thinking about any major business deals like mergers and acquisitions. A lawyer can help a client weigh in on the potential any prospective business transaction may hold. A lawyer may be able to negotiate documents and help to close a deal with positive results consistent with a client's business needs and goals. Regardless of a client's position, it is critical to have sophisticated legal counsel at his or her side to ensure best interests are effectively advanced.

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