The brisk pace of M&A hasn’t shown signs of slowing, setting a new record high as we near the end of Q1 2018.
Fastest start on record
On the back of strong momentum from late 2017, YTD global announced M&A volume breached $1tr on March 20. This is the fastest start to a year ever, surpassing the previous record set in 2000 ($941.0bn) and significantly above the 23-year average YTD volume ($546.0bn).
How we got here
Top Deals: 2018 YTD versus 2000 YTD
1. Ant Financial’s valuation is the minimum possible value for the stake being acquired.
– Written by Chunshek Chan, Dealogic Research
Data source: Dealogic, as of March 20, 2018