First Quarter Global M&A Down: Mergermarket


April 25, 2013

The latest report from mergermarket on M&A trends reveals that despite sever mega-deals around the world at the end of the last quarter, the totals for Q1 2013 were down compared to Q1 2012 by a little over 10%. The most active adviser was JPMorgan, which leads the global league table by deal value with USD 124.2bn-worth of deals, including four of the top ten deals. (Image Source: Mergermarket)


Other Findings on Global M&A

– The first quarter of this year was the slowest opening quarter in ten years (Q1 2003, USD 232.9bn)

– After the highest quarterly value in five years (Q4 2012, USD 737.1bn, 3,559 deals), Q1 2013 saw a decrease in total M&A value of 44.9%. It is the seventh year in a row to see lower totals in Q1 than in the preceding Q4

– The year has already seen four mega-deals adding up to USD 87.7bn. Last year’s mega-deals in the same period totaled USD 70.7bn

– Only the US and Africa & Middle East saw higher totals in Q1 2013 than in the same period in 2012, with increases in deal value of 33.6% and 101.4% respectively

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