Going into 2020, deal makers were bullish about the prospects for global corporate capital raising across both equity and debt markets. Covid-19 then took the markets by storm. 

The big question for markets is now whether the unfolding global COVID-19 pandemic represents a hiatus or a fundamental downgrading of economic prospects. Inevitably as last quarter came to an end global debt capital markets activity broke all time quarterly records while global ECM activity, amidst record volatility hit a four-year low. Meanwhile as Q1 came to an end worldwide M&A activity was the slowest opening three-month period since Q1 2016.

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  • To what an extent Covid-19 has had an impact on global Deal Making thus far this year?
  • Which countries or regions have been more impacted?
  • Which industries are standing out from the rest?
  • How is the role of sustainable finance evolving?
  • What we should expect as we move into Q3?

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  • Topic

    Deal Making in Uncertain Times


Matthew Toole, Director, Deals Intelligence, Refinitiv

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, Analyst, Deals Intelligence, Refinitiv

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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