Monthly M&A Insider - HY 2018

24 July 2018

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Global M&A deal values for H1 2018 soared to well over US$1.9trn, 25.9% higher than the same period last year. This jump in value is attributed to an abundance of megadeals like Japan-based Takeda Pharmaceutical Company’s US$79.7bn acquisition of Ireland-based drugmaker Shire. Energy, Mining & Utilities led the way among sectors, taking in 17.5% of total market share by value. Meanwhile, North America witnessed the highest deal value total by region, and by a sizeable margin, followed by Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Highlights from this report include:

  • There were 8,560 deals valued at US$1.93trn in H1 2018, a 25.9% increase in value compared to H1 2017.
  • Energy, Mining & Utilities saw 661 deals valued at US$338.8bn, up 23.7% by value with 162 fewer deals compared to the same period last year.
  • Globally, domestic transactions grew 41.4% by value to US$1.2trn, while cross-border deals grew 11.6% to US$740.3bn.

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