Global Deal-Making Totals $4 Trillion in 2018

Overview

Global M&A activity totaled $4 trillion in 2018, an increase of 19% compared to full year 2017 and the third annual period to surpass $4 trillion since records began in 1980. The value of worldwide M&A greater than $5 billion totaled $1.5 trillion during 2018, an increase of 51% compared to the levels seen a year ago. Cross-border M&A activity totaled $1.6 trillion, a 32% increase compared to full year 2017 and the strongest year for cross-border M&A since 2007.

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