Monthly M&A Insider - January 2019

25 January 2019

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Global deal value in 2018 climbed to the second-highest level since the financial crisis, spurred by strong economic performance in North America and soaring demand for assets by both financial and strategic buyers worldwide. North America led the way among global regions in terms of deal value, while Europe had the highest number of transactions. Energy, Mining & Utilities had the most M&A value of any sector, with four of the top ten deals of the year coming in the sector.

Key findings include:

• North America witnessed 6,324 deals in 2018 with a value of US$1.6trn, a value total that represented 46.5% of the global aggregate.

• PE buyout activity reached a new post-crisis peak with 3,599 buyouts valued at US$556.6bn.

• Cross-border dealmaking fluctuated throughout 2018, but the value total increased 6% to US$1.4trn by year’s end.