Monthly M&A Insider - December 2018

17 December 2018

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Global M&A value dipped lower in November as dealmakers cope with unsteady political conditions and falling asset prices worldwide. However, despite the year-over-year drop in monthly deal value last month, the year-to-date total for 2018 — US$3.3trn — has officially exceeded the amounts seen in each of the last two years. Energy, Mining & Utilities witnessed the most value of any sector, with three of the top ten deals of the month involving energy company targets.

Key findings include:

  • Private equity buyout value fell 6.9% in November, marking the fourth month in the last five to see a decline in global PE value.
  • North America had the most deal value by region at US$121.8bn, representing a 58.4% share of the global total.
  • Global cross-border M&A value increased by 29.2% last month up to US$80.9bn.