M&A review full year 2015: Thomson Reuters

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WW M&A Breaks All-Time Record | Deals Over $10 billion Double | Healthcare, Energy Push US and Asia Pacific to All-Time Highs | Goldman Sachs Top Advisor

Worldwide M&A up 32%, strongest year for deal making on record

Powered by a triple-digit percentage increase in the number of deals over $10 billion, which account for record-breaking 41% of announced M&A value, worldwide M&A totaled US$4.7 trillion during 2015, a 42% increase from comparable 2014 levels and the strongest annual period for worldwide deal making since records began. Seventy-one deals with a value greater than $10 billion were announced during 2015, their combined value more than double the level seen during 2014. Overall, just over 42,300 worldwide deals were announced during 2015, a 0.2% increase compared to last year.

Fourth quarter breaks all-time record, third consecutive $1 trillion+ quarter

Fourth quarter 2015 M&A totaled a record-breaking US$1.6 trillion, a 50% increase by value compared to the third quarter of 2015. This quarter marks the third consecutive trillion-dollar plus quarter for worldwide M&A since records began in 1980.

United States & Asia Pacific deal making account for 74% of activity

M&A activity for United States targets totaled US$2.3 trillion during 2015, an increase of 64% compared to the level of activity seen during 2014 and the strongest period for US M&A since records began in 1980. With US$1.1 trillion in announced deals during 2015, Asia Pacific M&A also registered the strongest period for deal making in the region since records began, topping US$1.0 trillion for the first time.

Healthcare, energy & power, and tech lead activity

Driven by pharmaceutical M&A, deal making in the Healthcare sector totaled US$672.9 billion during 2015, an increase of 71% compared to 2014 levels, while Energy & Power increased 1% and Technology deal making doubled compared to a year ago.

Cross border M&A up 27%

Cross Border M&A activity totaled US$1.6 trillion during 2015, accounting for one-third of overall M&A volume and an 27% increase over 2014 levels. Cross border M&A accounted for 37% of total M&A activity during full year 2014.

Completed M&A advisory fees up 7%

According to estimates from Thomson Reuters/Freeman Consulting, M&A advisory fees from completed transactions totaled US$29.4 billion during 2015, a 7% increase from the comparable period in 2014.

Source: Thomson Reuters

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