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On Monday, Mergers & Acquisitions appetite has dropped down to its four-year low after worries over the U.S. – China trade war and Brexit as a study revealed.

The global executives are planning to acquire other firms in the next twelve months by 46 percent that is slightly lower than half, which is 10 percent lower than the previous year as reported in the Global Capital Confidence Barometer.

Global executives are worried as they sense that the dealmaking activity is going to suffer the biggest risk over the next 12 months due to the geopolitical and regulation uncertainty according to a survey conducted by the consultancy across 45 countries.

The global vice chairman at EY, Steve Krouskos said that some dealmakers have paused a bit due to the ongoing tariff and trade uncertainties globally. This year the M&A is going to finish much weaker than the way it started despite its stronger half-earnings, which were stronger than expected.

In terms of mega-deals, this year is one of its kinds as Bayer, a German pharmaceutical massive bought Monsanto, a U.S. agriculture firm for $63 billion in the year beginning. On the other hand, Disney has agreed to purchase 21st C Fox for $71.3 billion whereas Comcast offered $40 billion to lay hands on British opponent Sky.

As the report said that trade uncertainties have soured M&A activity a bit but fundamentals remain vigorous as 90 percent executives are expecting the marketplace will improve. On the other hand, 9 percent of the company executives said the market will remain stable over the next year. The EY has remarked that the current state of affairs is just a ‘break’.

Meanwhile, the company is taking the pause in the action as a chance to focus on the mega-deals undertaken over the past year.