Our 2020 Deal Makers Sentiment Survey findings revealed a broadly positive trajectory, with expectations for growth widely held, particularly in M&A. At the time we surveyed the deal making community as 2019 came to an end, M&A professionals within corporates for example proved to be the most bullish, expecting a market growth rate of 7.4% during 2020, compared with a 1.3% expected contraction for 2019. But there was always a risk of derailment. Without doubt, a Coronavirus-free world was an optimistic place.
Matthew Toole serves as Director of Deals Intelligence within Refinitiv’s Investing and Advisory Division and is responsible for communicating broad M&A, capital markets, private equity and venture capital industry trends through regular research reports and the financial media. Matthew’s research has been featured in various global financial publications including The New York Times and the Financial Times and he has appeared on CNBC’s Worldwide Exchange and Squawk Box and The Nightly Business Report. Most recently, Matthew was the Director of Deals Intelligence for the Financial & Risk division of Thomson Reuters. Prior to this appointment, Matthew was the director of media relations for Thomson Financial’s Investment Banking content and managed Thomson Financial’s capital markets content strategy and development including debt and equity research and banking contributor relations. Matthew started his career as a research analyst in the fixed income group at Thomson Financial Securities Data. Matthew received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Providence College.
Lucille Jones is a Deals Intelligence Analyst at Refinitiv Capital Markets & Advisory division where she produces sector reviews of the Investment Banking industry. Prior to her current appointment, Lucille worked in Thomson Financial’s Consulting Services team. She started her career as a research analyst in the fixed income group at Datastream and has twenty years worth of experience in the financial and information services sectors.
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