A new M&A Corporate Development Report from Merrill DataSite and mergermarket was released this past week.  It addresses the M&A outlook for the coming year.  They report finding a largely positive view toward M&A deal volume and deal values for the upcoming 12 months, with 76% of the corporate executives and investment bankers interviewed anticipating increasing deal volume and 65% of them expecting deal values to increase in the same period.

The report also includes responses regarding approaches to corporate development within the organizations of the executives interviewed, with half
Continue Reading Positive M&A Outlook: Merrill DataSite and mergermarket Report

This past week, mergermarket and Merrill Datasite released their report: Deal Drivers 2011 Half Year Report for the North American Region, providing an overview of January through June 2011 M&A activity.  M&A deals in the region have increased in volume by 51% (to 1,894 deals) and in value by 47% (for a total of US $526.6 billion) compared to the same period in 2010.  Volume was highest in the technology, media and telecom sector with nearly 350 announced transactions, while energy, mining, oil and gas deals were on top
Continue Reading M&A Deal Report for First Half of 2011 Released

The Q1 2011 mergermarket report on global M&A activity is out.  Highlights of the report, produced in conjunction with Merrill Corporation, include the following:

  • There have been 2,749 M&A transactions worth a combined US$617.1bn (through April 2011);
  • Energy sales make up the largest deal value (26.4% of global deal value);
  • The Telecom space is undergoing consolidation, with some large value deals announced; and
  • The private equity market is very active.  In the first quarter of 2011, 446 buyouts and 264 sales have occurred, with each in the US$55bn range.

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