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Worldwide deal making hits record US$2.5 trillion

Worldwide M&A activity totaled US$2.5 trillion during the first half of 2018, an increase of 61% compared to the first half of 2017 and the strongest first half for global M&A since records began in 1980. The second quarter of 2018 marks the sixth quarter to surpass US$1 trillion since 2015. Overall, 23,050 worldwide deals were announced during the first half, a decrease of 10% compared to a year ago and the slowest first half since 2015.

Mega deals account for 50% of announced value

The value of worldwide M&A greater than US$5 billion totalled US$1.3 trillion during the first half of 2018, more than three times the levels seen a year ago. Eighty one deals greater than US$5 billion accounted for 50% of announced M&A actvity during the first half of 2018, marking an all-time high for the number, value and overall percentage of mega deals in any first half on record.

Strongest half for cross-border M&A since 2007

Cross-border M&A activity totaled US$1.0 trillion during the first half of 2018, an 84% increase compared to first half 2017 and the strongest first half for cross-border M&A since 2007. Cross-border M&A accounted for 41% of first half 2018 M&A activity, up from 36% a year ago and the strongest first half percentage since 2007 when cross-border M&A accounted for 44% of overall deal making.

United States deals up 79%; European M&A up 97%;

Record levels of M&A activity for United States targets totaled US$1.0 trillion during the first half of 2018, an increase of 79% compared to the level of activity seen during 2017. With US$784.9 bilion in announced deals during first half 2018, European M&A increased 97% compared to a year ago. European deal making accounted for 31% of overall M&A activity during the first half, the highest percentage since first half 2012.

Energy & power, media & healthcare lead sector mix

Deal making in the Energy & Power sector totaled US$388.7 billion during the first half of 2018, an increase of 63% compared to 2017 levels and an all-time record. Media and Healthcare M&A each accounted for 13% of overall M&A during the half, while Industrials deal making accounted for 10% of activity.

Completed M&A advisory fees fall 1% - Estimated M&A advisory fees from completed transactions totaled US$19.6 billion during the first half of 2018, a 1% decrease from 2017 levels.

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