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Global businesses preferred in M&A activity


According to recent research from international law firm Clifford Chance, 78 percent of respondents said they are pursuing business mergers and acquisitions in global markets as opposed to domestic markets.

Sentiments in the United States were different than the global response, with 34 percent saying domestic mergers and acquisitions were their main concern. The risks associated with doing business overseas was the most common reason for businesses not wanting to engage in cross-border M&A transactions, with many citing "protectionism and restrictions on level of foreign ownership."

"We conducted this survey to get an even broader understanding of the concerns and aspirations of global organizations conducting M&A transactions, especially those requiring high-level international perspective and counsel," said Brian Hoffmann, co-head of Clifford Chance's U.S. Corporate practice.

Despite these concerns, many companies are choosing to engage in business deals with companies in other countries. In order to lessen their risks, businesses are forming partnerships and joint ventures.

While many businesses are continuing to engage on the international stage, they should look to protect themselves with the necessary business insurance policies that protect against potential issues that can arise during these transactions.

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