Liberty Global's $10.9 billion bid for Dutch cable provider Ziggo NV pushes European M&A volume to $35.4 billion, up 21% compared to a year ago and the strongest year for European M&A since 2011. The deal ranks as the largest merger in the Netherlands since RWE AG's $11.5 purchase of Essent NV in 2009
This week's multi-billion dollar sovereign debt offerings from the United Kingdom and Finland bring global agency, sovereign and supranational volume to $177.0 billion this year, up 1% compared to a year ago
Cross-border M&A, which totals $70.5 billion for year-to-date 2013, and is up 65% compared to a year ago, accounts for 31% of overall announced M&A, down from 34% last year at this time
Deal making activity in January 2014 totals $228.2 billion, which ranks as the strongest opening month for worldwide M&A since 2011. Charter Communications $62.0 billion bid for Time Warner Cable, Suntory's $16.0 bid for Beam Inc and Liberty Media Group's $11.0 billion offer to purchase Sirius XM Radio bolstered this month's volume
Media & entertainment, consumer staples and industrials account for 56% of announced merger activity during the month of January.