How new M&A guidelines will impact dealmaking in 2024

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CEOs think M&A activity will increase in 2024, according to a new survey from Teneo. One potential hiccup could be revised merger guidelines. Mitch Berlin, EY Americas Vice Chair of Strategy and Transactions, joined Yahoo Finance Live to discuss how those revised guidelines may impact deals. With the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice taking tougher stances on dealmaking, Berlin stresses that these are guidelines, not rules, but “they do give us insight on how the FTC and DOJ are going to be evaluating deals going forward.” Berlin highlights some of the key changes including: a lower threshold to define a deal as anti-competitive, increased scrutiny on “roll-up” deals that consolidate market share, focus on tech platforms dominating a market or limiting newcomers, and stricter documentation standards that could potentially lengthen timelines. For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Yahoo Finance Live.

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