LONDON, June 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — According to a new M&A report launched today by international law firm Eversheds Sutherland and titled Putting the pieces into place: The next drivers of strategic M&A – 70% of global business leaders consider the “triarchy” of talent, technology and commerce to be central to their future M&A strategy.

  • Talent: 72% of business leaders consider retaining and recruiting talent to be important to their organization’s business strategy over the next year. Three in five (62%) also believe the “Great Resignation” acts as a catalyst for mergers and acquisitions as the battle for talent continues.

  • Technology continues to drive organizations’ business strategies as nearly 80% of business leaders seek to improve their cybersecurity and three quarters aspire to digital transformation. Mergers and acquisitions are seen as a quick way to acquire new technologies and skills, with 74% saying that mergers and acquisitions are important for closing technology gaps.

  • Commerce: Affected by supply chain disruptions and trade sanctions, 68% of business leaders say building supply chain resilience will be a strategic M&A priority in the coming months. next year. 72% of business leaders also consider building supply chain resilience to be critical to their organization’s business strategy over the next year.

  • In April 2022, 60% of business leaders said the dislocation of supply chains caused by the invasion ofUkraine would make vertical integration an increasingly important business strategy.

Eversheds Sutherland’s international study is based on a survey conducted in early 2022 among 1,200 business leaders and in 16 markets around the world. Respondents, drawn from a wide range of sectors, provided an overall view that was both detailed and extensive. In April 2022, an additional study conducted with 75 business leaders provided insight into the impact of the invasion ofUkraine on merger and acquisition activities.

Eric KnaiPartner and Head of International Mergers & Acquisitions at Eversheds Sutherland, said: “ We are delighted to launch our report titled Putting the pieces into place: The next drivers of strategic M&A to the market. After a few years of turmoil in the wider business landscape, and the conflict in Ukraine, the rapidly changing economy has prompted leaders to think about how best to position their organizations for the future. Our research found that the majority of CEOs view talent, technology and business as the top factors impacting the M&A landscape. »

Robert Coppspartner and head of US mergers and acquisitions at Eversheds Sutherland, said: “ A number of factors are affecting the M&A landscape, including the invasion ofUkraine, inflation and rising energy prices, rising interest rates, stock market turbulence and the lingering effects of the global pandemic. Despite these challenges, the study shows that organizations continue to face the same pressing strategic gaps that need to be filled in order to grow, and that they will continue to seek to close these gaps through mergers and acquisitions. »

About Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland, a top 10 international law firm, provides legal services to a global clientele ranging from small and medium-sized businesses to the largest multinational corporations. The firm acts for 61 of the FTSE 100 companies, 70 of the Fortune companies 100 and 128 of Fortune 200 companies.

With over 3,000 lawyers, Eversheds Sutherland operates in over 70 offices in over 30 jurisdictions in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. In addition, a network of more than 200 related law firms, including formalized alliances in Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Africa, provides support worldwide.


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