In a recent study polling more than 400 business owners, founders and leaders across the U.S., Harris Williams reports that despite mixed positions on the nation’s general political climate, interest in M&A among middle market private companies continues to rise.

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Key findings included:

  • 95% of survey respondents are interested in M&A over the next three years – up from 81% in 2015
  • 65% said they were interested in acquiring other companies
  • 52% said they would consider selling
  • 36% would consider a merger

Drawing on this data, the report concludes that business leaders are optimistic about their companies and the economy, and companies appear to be primed for growth. The result is record levels of interest in M&A. Opportunities are strong, and business owners are in a position to leverage today’s M&A market to fuel expansion. The full report is available on the Harris Williams website.


This piece is slated to appear in an upcoming edition of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Today.