LONDON — I talked to an M&A banker on the weekend. Made me think of my time at high school dances. Always standing on the wall, trying to look cool. But never out on the actual dance floor.
The merger and acquisition market is a bit quiet at the moment. And amen to that. We’re busy enough without it. Businesses are — rightly — taking advantage of the quiet and their own peaceful progress, to transform their operations.
We’re working on big “transformation” programmes on several continents and in a diversity of sectors. Change management is in high demand. And that’s good.
But M&A will be back. My friend should be up frugging, ‘cutting some rug’ and doing The Hustle by Q2 at the latest.
Transformation is the powder room before the ball.
That’s my prediction.
Watch this space.