Global M&A review

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Worldwide M&A up 32%, strongest first nine months for deal making since 2007.

Powered by a 96% increase in the number of deals over $10 billion, which account for record-breaking 36% of announced M&A value, worldwide M&A totaled US$3.2 trillion during the first nine months of 2015, a 32% increase from comparable 2014 levels and the strongest nine months for worldwide deal making since 2007. Forty-seven deals with a value greater than $10 billion were announced during the first nine months of 2015, their combined value more than double the level seen during the first nine months of 2014. Overall, almost 32,000 worldwide deals were announced during the first nine of 2015, a 2% increase compared to last year.

Second consecutive $1 trillion+ quarter

Third quarter 2015 M&A totaled US$1.1 trillion, a 17% decrease by value and 16% decrease by number of deals compared to the second quarter of 2015. This quarter marks the first consecutive trillion-dollar plus quarter for worldwide M&A in fifteen years.

United States & Asia Pacific deal making surpasses full year 2014

M&A activity for United States targets totaled US$1.5 trillion during the first nine months of 2015, an increase of 46% compared to the level of activity seen during the first nine months of 2014 and the strongest period for US M&A since records began in 1980. With US$797 billion in announced deals during the first nine months of 2015, Asia Pacific M&A also registered the strongest period for deal making in the region since records began.

Energy & power, healthcare, & tech lead activity

Driven by oil & gas M&A, deal making in the Energy & Power sector totaled US$476.1 billion during the first nine months of 2015, an increase of 20% compared to 2014 levels, while Healthcare and Technology M&A increased 76% and 44%, respectively. The Consumer Staples sector saw the only year-over-year percentage decline, down 13%.

Cross border M&A up 18%

Cross Border M&A activity totaled US$1.1 trillion during the first nine months of 2015, accounting for 35% of overall M&A volume and an 18% increase over 2014 levels. Cross border M&A accounted for 39% of total M&A activity during the first nine months of 2014.

Completed M&A advisory fees up 8%

According to estimates from Thomson Reuters/Freeman Consulting, M&A advisory fees from completed transactions totaled US$21.2 billion during the first nine months of 2015, an 8% increase from the comparable period in 2014.

Source: Thomson Reuters

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