Mergermarket Releases Q3 2017 Global M&A Trend Report

03 October 2017

Mergermarket, an Acuris company, has just released their Q3 2017 Global M&A Trend Report. According to the report, as firms attempt to adapt to ever-changing political and technological change, global M&A has stuttered over the summer, following a strong showing in the first half of the year. Highlights of the report include:
  • The third quarter of 2017 has seen just US$ 674bn worth of deals, the lowest quarterly value since Q1 2016 when 4,349 deals worth US$ 623.4bn occurred. 
  • Engergy, Mining & Utilities (EMU), with US$ 131.8bn, was one of the two sectors in Q3 to reach the US$ 100bn mark following three of the top 10 global deals being announced in the sector.
  • With five out of the largest ten deals seen in Q3 targeting the US, the last three months have seen more of a shift away from Europe and greater investment on the other side of the Atlantic. 
  • Following astronomical figures in 2016, Chinese investment into Europe and the US has stumbled so far this year.
Goldman Sachs & Co led the financial advisor rankings during Q1-Q3, having advised on 230 deals worth US $603.9bn. 

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom led the legal advisor rankings during Q1-Q3, having advised on 170 deals worth US$ 356.4bn.

United Technologies Corporation’s acquisition of Rockwell Collins Inc was the largest deal of Q3 worth US$ 29.9bn. 
Click here to access the full report with financial advisor league tables. 
Click here to access the full report with legal advisor league tables.