Wachtell Lipton Discusses Mergers and Acquisitions — 2019

As a whole, 2018 proved to be another strong year for M&A.  Total deal volume reached almost $4.2 trillion globally, higher than the $3.7 trillion volume of 2017, but still less than the record of over $5 trillion set in 2015.  Deals involving U.S. targets totaled over $1.7 trillion, compared to approximately $1.5 trillion in 2017.  The number of large deals significantly increased in 2018, with 60 deals over $10 billion announced globally (compared to 46 deals in 2017).  The technology sector saw the largest deal volume, followed by healthcare, oil and gas, and real estate.  Private equity firms also … Read more