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Global Downturn in M&A Activity to Continue into 2016

Get a detailed review of global M&A deal flow for February 2016 as well as key insights into dealmaking trends for the year ahead, in the Mergermarket M&A Monthly Insider.

In the aftermath of 2015’s record-breaking dealmaking frenzy, global M&A has shown signs of cooling at the beginning of 2016, according to the March 2016 issue of the M&A Monthly Insider, produced by Mergermarket in association with Merrill Corporation. Global values fell 11.2% in February 2016 to US$211.7 billion as compared to the previous February’s US$238.5 billion, while volume dropped to 927 deals from last year’s 1,371. The exception has been Europe, an appealing target for inbound mergers and acquisitions with attractive post-crisis valuations and relatively favorable corporate tax rates—deal value went up 8.8% to US$84.1 billion in February 2016 vs. the same period last year. That said, the UK’s looming European Union membership referendum in June continues to cast doubt on the euro’s future. Meanwhile, private equity provided a marked contrast as activity in that space picked up sharply. Gain an understanding of the regulatory and political factors that have and will continue to impact M&A activity globally as well as in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa as well as the Asia Pacific and Japan. Find out which sector took first place in terms of global market share in February 2016 and which nation was the most acquisitive that month.

What’s covered:

  • M&A and private equity trends worldwide as well as broken out by region and country, showing deal value, volume and market share
  • Top 10 announced deals globally and by region for February 2016
  • Top 20 financial and legal advisors by deal value and volume

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