After an active dealmaking year in 2021 that was fueled by private equity, the M&A outlook for 2022 is slightly more clouded as inflation grows to 40-year highs, the Federal Reserve begins bumping up interest rates and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine disrupts financial markets.
Still, business executives and M&A experts forecast a busy year as private equity continues to play a dominating role in dealmaking, and as business owners continue weighing their future after two years of pandemic disruptions.
Participating in the roundtable were:
- Dana Jacks, president of Century Technology Group Inc., an Ada-based family office that provides tech companies with growth capital, administrative resources and consulting;
- Raj Kothari, managing director of Southfield-based investment banking firm Cascade Partners LLC;
- Deidra Mitchell, president and CEO of Grand Rapids-based Waséyabek Development Co., the non-gaming investment arm of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi;
- Pete Roth, senior corporate and M&A partner at Varnum; and
- Mark Streekstra, managing director of Grand Rapids-based investment banking firm Charter Capital Partners.