February 16, 2022
The economy is smoking and investors are active. 2022 is starting out as another banner year for Venture Capital and Private Equity. What is the temperature regarding the starting points for these two eminent investment institutions? The financial media has something to say about it.
Crunchbase.com, ‘Last Year Was a Blockbuster for VC-Backed Start-Ups … Here is What 2022 has in Store’
The startup and venture world has a lot to live up to in 2022, after a year that pretty much broke every record … who would have predicted at the start of 2020 that a pandemic would upend lives globally, but ultimately lead to a monster rally for the tech industry? … we nonetheless gazed into our crystal balls and came up with our best educated guesses for what 2022 has in store.
READ MORE: https://news.crunchbase.com/news/2022-startup-vc-ipo-predictions-crypto-cyber-fintech-spacs/
Fortune.com, ‘Venture Capital Firms are Shoveling Cash at Companies Building Web3 … Here’s What Comes Next’
If traditional private market investors needed a vote of confidence in Web3—the shorthand for a decentralized, new iteration of the internet—the last 24 hours should suffice.
READ MORE: https://fortune.com/2022/02/08/venture-capital-firms-are-shoveling-cash-at-companies-building-web3-heres-what-comes-next/
NYTimes.com, ‘It’s All Just Wild: Tech Start-Ups Reach a New Peak of Froth’
How crazy is the money sloshing around in start-up land right now? It’s so crazy that more than 900 tech start-ups are each worth more than $1 billion. In 2015, 80 seemed like a lot. It’s so crazy that hot start-ups no longer have to pitch investors for money. The investors are the ones pitching them.
READ MORE: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/19/technology/tech-startup-funding.html
Skadden.com, ‘Needs of Strategics, PE Firms and SPACs Led to Record US M&A Levels, Likely To Sustain Dealmaking in 2022’
The record level of M&A in 2021 was widely dispersed across industries and was driven by the strategic needs of companies to add technology and adapt to the pandemic, and was supported by strong markets.
READ MORE: https://www.skadden.com/insights/publications/2022/01/2022-insights/corporate/needs-of-strategics-pe-firms-and-spacs
MorganStanley.com, ‘2022 M&A Outlook: Continued Strength After a Record Year’
With robust economic growth underpinning elevated CEO confidence, corporates pursued transformative M&A to accelerate expansion. Sitting on a record $2.9 trillion of available capital, private equity sponsors transacted at an unprecedented pace. High equity valuations (particularly in the U.S.) and low interest rates contributed to the record M&A environment, both of which persisted throughout 2021.
READ MORE: https://www.morganstanley.com/ideas/mergers-and-acquisitions-outlook-2022-continued-strength-after-record
FranchiseTimes.com, ‘Four Dealmakers Predict Franchise M&A Outlook for 2022’
An investment banker, an operator, a franchisor and a private equity investor shared their outlooks for restaurant mergers and acquisitions in 2022 after a bonanza year.
READ MORE: https://www.franchisetimes.com/franchise_mergers_and_acquisitions/four-dealmakers-predict-franchise-m-a-outlook-for-2022/article_a998da06-7a29-11ec-a9a9-436ade3e4d44.html
Intralinks.com, PODCAST: ’M&A in North America: What Can We Expect in 2022?’
In this week’s episode, we’re looking at record levels of M&A deal activity in the United States. Joining host Julie-Anna Needham are Mark Andress, senior insights editor at ION Analytics, and Izaz Ansari, a market analyst at Mergermarket. Dealcast is presented by Mergermarket and SS&C Intralinks.
LISTEN HERE (12 minutes): https://www.intralinks.com/insights/podcast/podcast-ma-north-america-what-can-we-expect-2022
McKinsey.com, PODCASTS: ’McKinsey On Start-Ups’
McKinsey on Start-ups is an original podcast series from Fuel, McKinsey’s start-up and Venture Capital practice. We feature conversations with start-up founders and leaders, investors, and industry experts about the current and future state of technological disruption as well as the professional and personal challenges entrepreneurs face in scaling their companies. Our content spans all sectors and geographies to deliver wide-ranging and global insights.
LISTEN HERE (various): https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/technology-media-and-telecommunications/our-insights/mckinsey-on-startups