M&A Dealmaking Declined in Third Quarter


October 22, 2012

Deal volumes for M&A activity globally declined in the third quarter, according to the latest M&A Trends & Insight for Lawyers, a report from Thomson Reuters Westlaw.


Deal volumes fell to their lowest level since 2005, declining 8 percent as compared to Q2 2012, says the report (which can be downloaded here). Deal values also declined, hitting their second-lowest level since the middle of 2010. In total, there were 8,618 transactions reported in the quarter, representing approximately USD 550 billion in value.


The U.S. bucked the trend with a cumulative deal value that was up slightly from the second quarter to USD287 billion, while domestic deal volumes were up 3 percent. The largest deal of the quarter was CNOOC’s agreement to acquire Nexen for USD 15.1 billion.  (Image source: Thomson Reuters Westlaw)


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