In late October, FOCUS CEO Douglas E. Rodgers addressed the 27th Global M&A Worldwide Rainmaker Summit in Barcelona. More than 100 M&A professionals from more than 30 countries participated in order to meet local and international investors and to stimulate cross-border M&A.

The event united corporate deal makers from across the globe including professionals from the United States, China, India, Continental Europe, and the Middle East, stimulating discussion around ongoing transactions, as well as the latest trends in research, deal software, and process management.

In a year of global political uncertainty with ongoing Brexit negotiations, Donald Trump’s presidency, and Catalonia’s drive for independence, worldwide M&A activity appears stronger than ever.

Established in 2004, M&A Worldwide has grown to become one of the market’s leading international networks with ‘boots on ground’ representation in over 42 countries. Members actively work together on cross-border client assignments and conclude hundreds of deals every year including some 641 in 2016 with an aggregate deal value of $4.9 billion. Doug Rodgers is a member of the Board of Directors of M&A Worldwide.