M&A: Dealing with Uncertainty


2020 Global Conference

M&A: Dealing with Uncertainty



October 19 at 12:45 pm PDT/3:45 pm EDT


At the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, global M&A deals unraveled, dropping 41 percent in the US year-on-year and 22 percent globally. As the crisis has continued, there are some signs that M&A activity is coming back, but will it be a real a rebound, or will activity remain subdued until a vaccine makes a full economic recovery possible?

In the meantime, will previously prohibitive deals become viable as entire industries and business models are forced to adapt? Perhaps most crucially, given the increased liquidity, what will incite deal-makers to move off the sidelines and seize opportunities in a disrupted economy?



Makan Delrahim
Assistant Attorney General of the Antitrust Division, US Department of Justice

John Huwiler
Managing Director, Global Head of M&A, Jefferies

Amy Lissauer
Managing Director, Global Head of Activism and Raid Defense, Bank of America

Melissa Sawyer
Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP



Leslie Picker
Reporter, CNBC

Published October 19, 2020