Global Head of M&A Melissa Sawyer Discusses M&A Outlook with The American Lawyer

August 4, 2022

Global Head of M&A Melissa Sawyer spoke with The American Lawyer about the current M&A landscape and what it may signal for the future. She indicated that the number and pace of deals may slow down, but said, “This is ultimately going to be a great time for opportunistic strategic buyers looking to scoop up attractive targets while taking advantage of a less competitive dealmaking environment.” She also noted that boardroom conversations are a barometer to watch. “The leading indicator for me is what's happening in the boardroom,” she said. “The extent to which M&A features in those strategic plans—whether buy side or sell side—is going to have a huge impact on what happens to dealmaking over the next 12 to 24 months.”