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League Tables for Financial Advisers & M&A Trend Report

Highlights from the press release include:

  • Global M&A falls 31.2% compared to Q1 2011
  • Goldman Sachs tops global advisory league table
  • Asia-Pacific deals at lowest level since Q3 2009
  • Europe only region to show quarterly increase
  • Private equity buyouts account for 10.3% of global M&A

Global M&A did not have a bright start to 2012 with 2,483 deals worth US$ 415.4bn announced in Q1 2012, down 31.2% from Q1 2011 (US$ 603.9bn) and 9.8% on the previous quarter (US$ 460.5bn). With the lowest global quarterly total since Q3 2009 (US$ 325.6bn) the first quarter continued an overall downward trend.

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