There have been 37,212 deals in 2015 - roughly one for every employee of Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street bank that has been one of the big winners of the current merger boom.
Bloomberg News reports that it is a number that means 2015 is guaranteed the title -- for the next 12 months at least -- of being the record year for mergers and acquisitions, with $4.2tril of transactions pending or completed, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. (Deal volume for league table purposes includes M&A, stakes, joint ventures and spinoffs, though not share buybacks.)
That kind of showing has provoked questions about market peaks. With 2015 demolishing M&A records, many of which predate the financial crisis, it seems right to ask: can it possibly get better than this ?
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