October 18 — Respondents to Dykema’s 14th Annual M&A Outlook Survey expressed the highest level of optimism for the M&A market seen in the history of the study. Sixty-five percent of respondents expect the M&A market to strengthen over the next 12 months, significantly up from the mid- to high-30s where it has remained for the past several years. The increased optimism is tied to economic conditions, with 64 percent of respondents indicating a positive outlook on the economy during the next 12 months.
Values rise, pace quickens from a year ago.
By Bill Poquette, Editor-in-Chief
Maybe it’s the weather. The central part of the country has been sweltering since May, and a couple of big-ticket bank acquisitions in Chicago and Denver seem to suggest a warming-up of merger activity and pricing.
By Kris Bishop
When undergoing a merger transaction, an acquiring bank will inherit years’ worth of data and images from the purchased institution. For even the most experienced acquirers, figuring out how to integrate that data into the current operating environment without causing a significant amount of hassle and disruption can be a daunting prospect.