2015 was an interesting year by all accounts in the banking sector globally and in particular for M&A activity in the sector.
Deal value was up significantly over the preceding year and while the level of activity was foreseen by many, the specific nature of what took placed varied over many expectations. Japanese M&A activity in financial services (FS) was even stronger than anticipated with key acquisitions such as RBS and GE highlighting the pattern. Surging interest in investment in Fintech and alternative finance was higher than expected in 2015 by many and has raised questions of a bubble among many for the year ahead.
As our Top Trends for M&A in 2016 report forecasts, we believe 2016 will see significant extension of many of these trends along with the addition of some level of retrenchment and consolidation in specific markets. Overall the view from KPMG’s global network of deal savvy FS leaders is that 2016 will be a significant year of growth and opportunity in financial services and that the scope of key trends has actually become more diverse than in years past. As a result our list grows from 10 to an even dozen in 2016. It is consequently an even more valuable resource to FS executives needing to focus on making the right strategic choices for their own needs in a highly diversified but competitive global market.
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