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A RECORD YEAR FOR WORLDWIDE DEAL MAKING
Worldwide deal making totaled $4.7 trillion during 2015, an increase of 42% compared to 2014 and the strongest annual period for merger activity since records began in 1980. For the first-time ever, three consecutive quarters surpassed $1 trillion dollar quarters for announced M&A in 2015, powered by the top three all-time months for global M&A activity.
The explosion of the mega deal powered the all-time highs, changing the competitive landscape for many global industries and leaving boardrooms and deal makers to look back at the drivers of the past two years and look ahead to a new year. Just over 140 deals over $5 billion accounted for 51% of overall M&A value, the highest percentage and number of mega deals on record.