Reflecting on Q1 2021: Historic Levels of M&A

Throughout the first quarter of 2021, developments in the vaccine rollout and renewed optimism among businesses fueled recovery in many global economies, resulting in $1.3 trillion in global M&A—the largest figure for Q1 in history.

Private equity-backed deals represented 19% of global M&A in Q1, hitting $249 billion and doubling Q1 2020 metrics. In addition, continued momentum from Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) and growth in cross-border dealmaking powered M&A activity.

Following a record quarter with record backlog, Lincoln expects continued strong activity supporting clients throughout 2021 as businesses rebound, markets continue to stabilize and investors pursue growth at a rapid clip.

We are working with clients around the world to help them realize their strategic goals through mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, restructuring and valuation advisory services.

Explore our recent perspectives in articles and media coverage, select notable transactions and connect with a member of our team below.

Summary

  • Following a record quarter with record backlog, Lincoln International expects continued strong activity supporting clients throughout 2021 as businesses rebound, markets continue to stabilize and investors pursue growth at a rapid clip.

Q1 Highlights
>$100 billion
in illiquid securities valued
70+
transactions closed
>$1 billion
of closed financings
Notable Q1 Transactions

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