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As the pandemic response enters its seventh month, we review how COVID-19 has influenced M&A activity and the adoption of artificial intelligence across supply chains in the food and beverage industry.

Beauty M&As See Signs of Rejuvenation | September 2020

Beauty is a resilient category attracting investor attention as deal activity is poised to accelerate. William Blair's Lindsay Carlson shares insights with Women's Wear Daily (WWD).

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Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, M&A activity among airport fixed based operators will continue, albeit at a different pace and through nontraditional deal structures. We examine the key drivers of valuations in the FBO market.

Leveraged finance market comes back to life after a devastating end to the first quarter, but COVID-related uncertainty clouds recovery outlook.

The chemicals industry is undergoing massive change due to the impacts of COVID-19 and rapid declines in oil prices. We examine how these disruptions are reshaping the industry, including the implications for M&A as companies look to reposition their portfolios coming out of the crisis.

The federal government is undergoing a massive IT modernization effort to close the gap with the private sector. M&A activity in cloud services is expected to increase as strategic acquirers seek to build capabilities that align with the government's major spending priorities.

As the food industry moves beyond panic buying, retailers and food manufacturers are focused on reaching customers digitally. Large branded food companies are driving strong cash flows and are well positioned for increased M&A activity. Meanwhile, some food segments outside of packaged foods are holding strong or experiencing growth.

William Blair's Investment Banking education team discussed the impact of COVID-19 on business with companies, investors, and service providers across the education and training landscape. The analysis reflects the insights of a broad range of public and private companies that focus on early childhood education, higher-education, education technology platforms, and corporate training firms.

COVID-19's Immediate and Long-Term Impact on the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry | April 2020

As the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry faces unprecedented pressure, William Blair and IRI Growth Consulting have partnered to examine the most critical drivers affecting the industry.

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Based on conversations with management teams and investors, we examine how the pandemic is shaping near- and longer-term market conditions for insurance brokers, P&C carriers, claims service providers, and warranty and F&I administrators.

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