Paul Weiss Offers M&A at a Glance for May 2018

M&A activity in May 2018 generally weakened from the prior month. The total number of deals decreased in the U.S. by 1.2% to 667 (the second-lowest level in the last 12-month period) and globally by 4.8% to 2,759 (the lowest level in the last 12-month period). May deal volume by dollar value decreased in the U.S. by 29.9% to $144.39 billion and globally by 21.9% to $401.76 billion.[1]

Strategic vs. Sponsor Activity

The number of strategic deals increased by 2.4% to 564 in the U.S., but decreased by 5.0% to 2,456 globally, the second-lowest level in the last 12-month … Read more

Paul Weiss Offers M&A at a Glance for April 2018

M&A activity in April 2018, as measured by number of deals, dipped from March 2018 levels in the U.S. and globally across every metric.  The total number of deals decreased by 15.2% to 669 in the U.S. and 9.7% to 2,771 globally, each the second-lowest respective level in the last 12-month period.  April volume by dollar value increased both in the U.S. and globally.[1]  In the U.S., deal volume increased by 17.6% to $206.28 billion.  Globally, deal volume increased by 8.3% to $525.68 billion, a 12-month high.

Strategic vs. Sponsor Activity

The number of strategic deals decreased by 10.8% … Read more

Paul Weiss Offers M&A at a Glance for March 2018

M&A activity gained momentum in March 2018, capping the strongest opening quarter in the history of this publication. In the U.S., deal volume returned to January levels, increasing by 109.6% to $174.10 billion, and the number of deals increased by 2.9% to 751. Globally, deal volume increased by 49.9% to $446.00 billion, and the number of deals increased by 4.0% to 2,838. As described below, the one notable exception to the overall trend was a decrease in sponsor-related deal volume.

Strategic vs. Sponsor Activity

The increases in deal volume were reflective of a strong month for strategic transactions. In the … Read more