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Statistical analysis and insight into activity and trends in M&A and capital markets.

Our investment bankers publish timely updates on activity and trends in the advisory and financing markets. These publications provide statistical analysis and interpretation of activity in a variety of sectors.

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Mega-IPOs and high-profile technology offerings drove the highest IPO fundraising levels since mid-2014.

At the recent P3 Conference & Expo, the Trump administration’s push for a massive infrastructure spending plan sparked new conversations about infrastructure services opportunities and public-private partnerships playing a bigger role in the delivery of new projects.

Testing, inspection, and certification companies were the most active in 2017, while the engineering and construction vertical saw several transformative acquisitions.

Ongoing material substitution trends, combined with increasing M&A activity by financial sponsors, created a very favorable environment for sellers across the specialty materials sector in 2017.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made sweeping changes to the taxation of U.S. corporations, simultaneously creating both tailwinds and headwinds to M&A activity. We analyze the elements of the new tax law that should have the greatest impact on dealmaking.

Across the supply chain—from producers to distributors to retailers—food and beverage companies faced disruptive pressure from multiple directions in 2017. These forces have caused companies with traditional business models to pursue acquisition strategies for both offensive and defensive reasons.

Building on trends that gained momentum throughout 2017, the fourth quarter punctuated the year with strong market dynamics that further shifted pricing, leverage, and terms in favor of middle-market borrowers.

Building on September's momentum, the fourth quarter of 2017 saw the highest levels of IPO activity in more than two years. Given the strengthening global economy, improving corporate performance, low volatility, and a healthy pipeline, conditions are ripe for this momentum to continue into 2018.

As publicly traded packaging companies look to generate growth to support robust valuations and financial sponsors seek to invest in assets that should be less affected by a potential economic slowdown, M&A activity in the packaging industry has increased significantly over the last several years.

A new rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would make it easier for consumers to join class-action lawsuits against providers of financial services—and could be a significant headwind to M&A activity in the specialty finance industry.

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