Q1 2018 Global M&A Report with Financial Advisor League Tables

04 April 2018

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Mergermarket, leading M&A data and intelligence provider, has released its Q1 2018 Global M&A Report with financial advisor league tables. According to new research, the extraordinary surge in dealmaking seen at the end of 2017 has continued through into 2018 as global M&A hit its highest Q1 value on Mergermarket record (since 2001). Pressure from shareholders and the search for innovation continued to drive corporates towards M&A. Highlights of the report include:
 
  • Global M&A reached record levels as corporates pursue innovation through M&A
  • Private equity activity recorded its fourth consecutive $100bn figure quarter for buyouts
  • Q1 2018 deal value is up 18% on Q1 2017’s value recording $890.7bn
The extraordinary surge in dealmaking seen at the end of 2017 has carried through into 2018 as global M&A hit its highest Q1 value on record as pressure from investors and the search for innovation continues to push corporates towards M&A.  Private equity activity also rebounded to pre-financial crash highs” commented Jonathan Klonowski, EMEA Research Editor at Mergermarket.  
 
Goldman Sachs & Co led the financial advisor rankings having advised on 76 deals worth $268,387m up 27.7% by value compared to Q1 2017.