Why The M&A Boom Many Expected In 2018 Didn’t Happen
High valuations, an uncertain biopharma macro environment and widespread use of US tax reform benefits for share buybacks and capital investments resulted in less major M&A than expected. Opinions vary widely on whether 2019 will be any different.
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