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US M&A hits all-time high in Q1
A total of US$393.95 billion spent across 1,148 deals marks the highest first quarter deal value on record.
Global private equity activity completes full recovery
A total of US$113.7 billion was invested in 699 buyout deals in Q1 2018—a 27% climb in value compared to Q1 2017, and the strongest start to a year since 2007.
Industrials & chemicals tops all sectors for Q1 volume
A total of 765 deals accounted for 20.26% of global volume.
UK domestic M&A reaches seven-year high
M&A activity between UK firms continued undeterred in the first quarter, with a total of 138 deals worth US$40.01 billion announced.
Energy, Mining & Utilities surges to top spot in Q1 sector value
The sector attracted US$169.31-worth of deals in Q1—up 27.8% compared to the previous quarter.
Business services sector sees record quarter
A record US$128.01 billion-worth of deals was buoyed by bumper deals such as Blackstone’s announced US$17 billion purchase of Thomson Reuters’ Financial and Risk division.
German M&A for Q1 alone breaks 40% of 2017’s total
M&A targeting German firms continued the record activity seen in 2017. A total of 181 deals worth US$54.1 billion announced in the first quarter already accounts for 41.2% of 2017’s total value.
Latin American M&A on track for record year
Deal value targeting Latin America and the Caribbean in Q1 soared to its second-highest quarterly value on record: US$49.18 billion.
Western European M&A continues 2017’s momentum
The region displayed an impressive start to the year. A total of US$241.65 billion spent across 1,284 deals reached the highest valued Q1 on record.
Chinese outbound M&A has hesitant first quarter
Following tightened regulation, Chinese outbound M&A has shown signs of stabilizing. A total of 59 deals worth US$11.94 billion marks a 40% drop in volume from the previous quarter, and the lowest quarterly volume since Q3 2014.
M&A volume targeting Africa stalls in Q1
A drop to only 29 deals announced over the quarter sets a record for lowest quarterly volume.
Pharma M&A driven by megadeals
The sector saw its second quarterly uptick in value in the first quarter, with US$62.7 billion spent across 290 deals.
Consumer sector posts lackluster first quarter
With just 406 deals announced in Q1, quarterly deal volume plummeted to its lowest figure since Q4 2010.
Asian private equity posts stellar first quarter
A quarterly deal value of US$36.05 billion climbed 20% year-on-year to reach the highest Q1 value on record.
Japanese outbound M&A displays cautious confidence
A total of US$18.76 billion marks a 27.3% value increase compared to Q1 2017.
Global buyout activity reaches a peak
Private equity buyout activity enjoyed a banner year in 2017. A focus on the top performers and high quality assets pushed overall value to a post-crisis record, while volume reached a record high: US$511.66 billion from a total of 3,283 deals.
TMT leads the sector league table in Q4
TMT topped the value chart for the final quarter of the year. Walt Disney’s US$68.4 billion takeover of Twenty-First Century Fox pushed up fourth quarter deal value to US$168.3 billion.
Food subsector drives consumer M&A
The consumer: food sub-sector reached its highest annual deal value on record in 2017. A total of 657 deals were recorded, while a deal value of US$98.43 billion rebounded 82 percent compared to 2016.
Industrials & Chemicals the most active sector in Q4
Technology firms are making their presence felt in the industrials and chemicals sector. A flurry of deals between the two sectors in Q4 resulted in total deal count reaching 870 deals.