European M&A activity totals $53.6 billion for year-to-date 2014, a 32% increase compared to a year ago and marks the strongest start for deal making in Europe since 2011.
Activity in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Finland and Russia account for 61% of activity this year. JP Morgan, an advisor on the top three deals in Europe this year, leads the financial advisory rankings with $24.9 billion in deals.
Smith & Nephew PLC's $1.5 billion acquisition of ArthroCare Corp brings healthcare M&A activity to $14.1 billion, an increase of 53% compared to last year and the best annual start for deals in the sector since 2010 ($17.0 billion)
Convertible bond offerings from Herbalife Ltd and Cepheid Inc this week pushed global convertible debt issuance to $6.6 billion, a decline of 43% compared to year-to-date 2013
Bolstered by activity in China, South Korea and Singapore, Asia Pacific M&A totals $35.0 billion for year-to-date 2013 a 1% increase compared to a year ago
Global High Yield corporate debt issuance totals $48.4 billion so far this year, a 20% decline compared to last year at this time. Financials, healthcare and energy & power issuers account for 56% of overall high yield activity compared to 34% during year-to-date 2013. Goldman Sachs holds the top spot for year-to-date global high yield debt underwriting with 10.5% share, a gain of 4.3 market share points over last year.