H1 2018 Global M&A Report with Legal Advisor League Tables
03 July 2018
Global M&A activity has reached its highest post-crisis value with US$ 1.94 tn (8,560 deals) recorded in the first six months of the year as traditional corporates look to regain market share from newer, disruptive firms. Highlights of the report include:
- There have now been 26 megadeals (> US$ 10bn) announced so far this year, just four short of the number seen during the entirety of 2017. This included six deals worth over US$ 20bn in the second quarter – pushing the Q2 value above the US$ 1tn mark.
- Protectionism has pushed dealmakers to look internally, with the influence of cross-border M&A falling in first six months of the year. Firms appear to be more cautious over pursuing high-profile cross-border deals with the majority of this year’s increase being driven by domestic M&A.
“It appears the stars are aligning for M&A in 2018. Financing remains cheap while tech innovation is causing traditional corporates to fight back against newer, more innovative firms” Jonathan Klonowski, Research Editor (EMEA), Mergermarket
Takeda’s US$ 79.7bn offer for Shire was the largest deal of the quarter.
Davis Polk & Wardwell led the legal advisor league tables having advised on 73 deals worth US$ 314.3bn.