Yes, the first part of 2020 was a bit rocky in the deal space. But the second half was strong, and several dealmakers say the best is yet to come.

The unique confluence of rare events in 2020 created a roller coaster for mergers and acquisitions—a strong start to Q1, followed by the doldrums of Q2, a bounce back in Q3 and hesitant optimism in Q4.

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