The global M&A market has strengthened considerably in the first half of the year, driven by increased boardroom confidence to invest through M&A. We are seeing the return of strategic deals and transformational M&A, some of which have been in the pipeline for years, as well as increased appetite for unsolicited moves.
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Guy Norman Global Head of Corporate
The first half of 2014 has witnessed the long-awaited upturn in global M&A activity, with deal values returning to levels last seen pre-financial crisis. However, the jury is still out as to whether the current deal flurry is short-term or whether we are seeing the first signs of a sustainable recovery.
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The Healthcare sector saw a significant 9% rise in M&A activity in the first half of the year, taking it above Energy, Mining and Utilities in terms of deal value. The Consumer and Real Estate sectors also saw increased M&A activity.
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Our map shows that activity is picking up across all major regions, including North America and Latin America which are up by approximately 27% and Asia Pacific is up by approximately 23%. Europe sees the most significant jump as M&A activity is up by 48% - a welcome return to more traditional levels. The exception is Africa/Middle East where there is a surprising 27% decrease in M&A.
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