Goldman's new man at the M&A helm

Johan Leven has taken over Goldman''s M&A division from David Livingstone. Here he shares his views.

Based on your pipeline, do you think this year will be a better year for MA than last year

Indications are that there will be more activity this year. It all comes down to the pace of the expected economic recovery and how quickly this will translate into increased CEO confidence. This will determine when managers are going to become more outwardly focused again, as opposed to inwardly focused on their existing operations.

Will the financial institutions sector be as active as last year

I believe consolidation among financial institutions will continue to be a very important part of the market. There is no doubt about that. There are great fundamental needs here and...

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