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Dealmakers Sentiment Survey 2019

Refinitiv has launched the findings of its annual Dealmakers Sentiment Survey in partnership with Greenwich Associates, providing a broad and deep quantitative assessment of M&A-related and Capital Markets activity in the year ahead across all major sectors and geographies.

The report is based on a survey of 470 M&A and capital markets professionals and business executives across 53 countries, conducted between November 2018 and January 2019.


  • A survey of dealmaking professionals reveals a less optimistic 2019 amongst turbulent markets for deal-making, expecting a 0.2% drop in global M&A activity.
  • Fears of recession and the impact of protectionist policies top the list of concerns among dealmakers for 2019 due to Eurozone GDP worries and US/China trade wars.
  • 62% of respondents feel that Brexit will make UK companies less attractive acquisition targets.


With the macroeconomic landscape changing over the last 12 months, the risks to dealmaking have become clearer. Trade tensions in the US, political upheaval in Europe with Brexit and increasing protectionism on a global scale are having an effect on sentiment in the M&A market. As we enter the 6th year of the most recent cycle for deal making, it is clear that expectations are muted as levels of confidence shift around the world.

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Key content

M&A, ECM, and DCM deep dives

In 2019, dealmakers are much less optimistic, expecting a virtually flat market. We examine expectations across industries and regions, including deal volumes and growth.

Top concerns for dealmakers?

Fears of recession and the impact of protectionist trade policies top the list of concerns among dealmakers for 2019. With the macroeconomic landscape changing throughout 2018, we explore what is keeping dealmakers awake at night.

Corporate outlook

Increasing revenue and profitability are the key objectives for corporations in 2019, as they were in 2018. We explore how companies are planning for 2019, and into 2020.