After a bleak first quarter for deal making, the question was whether the seven-year bull run would end gradually or with a shock. Deal making fell 12 percent in the first half of 2019 compared with H1 2018. However, the April-to-June period, led mostly by the US equity and M&A markets, including the market debuts of Lyft and Uber saw something of a revival. Meanwhile, debt capital markets (DCM) experienced a tougher Q2, despite a positive contribution from the tech sector following activity by IBM, Broadcom and Tencent.
In this recent webinar, Matt Toole, Director of Deals Intelligence, Refinitiv and Peter Thal Larsen, EMEA Editor, Reuters Breakingviews, gave a deep dive of the M&A and Capital Raising landscape in Q3, ins and outs of global deal making so far this year and a forward looking view into what is yet to come as we approach 2020.
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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.
Peter Thal Larsen is EMEA Editor Reuters Breakingviews, the award-winning provider of financial insight. Based in London, he leads a team of columnists covering corporate finance, banking, economics, markets and policy in the region. Between 2012 and 2016, Peter was Asia Editor, spearheading Breakingviews’ expansion in the region. Based in Hong Kong, he wrote about topics ranging from China’s growing debt problem, Japan’s attempted economic revival, Indian banks, cross-border mergers, and the future of Hong Kong. Peter joined Reuters in June 2009 from the Financial Times, where he worked for 10 years. Between 2005 and 2009 he was the FT’s banking editor, leading the paper’s award-winning coverage of global banking during the credit crunch. Between 2000 and 2004 Peter was based in New York, where he covered Wall Street and the media business, and played a leading role in the FT’s coverage of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath.
Peter was the winner of the “Best in Business” award for international commentary for 2013, awarded by the Society of American Business Writers and Editors. A Dutch national, Peter has degrees from Bristol University and the London School of Economics.
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