M&A Outlook for 2018

Overview

S&C partners Matt Hurd and Frank Aquila spoke about the M&A outlook for 2018 in an article titled “For M&A Lawyers, Proceed With Caution in 2018” published by The American Lawyer. Matt discussed the reasons for the current uptick in dealmaking, including economic stability in both the U.S. and other economies. He also noted that it remains too early to predict how the Trump Administration’s antitrust policies may impact M&A, and observed that tax reform has all but eliminated interest in tax-efficient M&A structures. Frank discussed how President Trump’s executive order blocking Broadcom from pursuing a potential hostile takeover of Qualcomm represents a possible example of a way in which the Trump Administration’s policies could slow M&A activity.

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