Dealmaking in the financial services sector will accelerate significantly over the next 12 months, spurred by easing of regulations under Republican control of the federal government, according to Mergers & Acquisitions’ Mid-Market Pulse (MMP). The MMP is a forward-looking sentiment indicator, published in partnershipwith CT, a provider of business compliance and deal support services. It is based on a monthly survey of approximately 250 middle-market M&A professionals. (Read the full report).

The survey participants sampled in the days shortly after the election gave the financial services, insurance and real estate sector (FIRE) a composite score of 60.5 for the 12-month outlook, suggesting that M&A activity in the sector will expand considerably. Survey participants said they expect dealmaking to benefit from a wave of deregulation of the financial services industry under a Republican president and Congress.

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