Thursday, May 19, 2016

M&A at a Glance (May 2016) - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

M&A at a Glance (May 2016)
The M&A market was mixed in April 2016, with the U.S. market generally faring better than the global market.  In the U.S., overall deal volume increased by 71.1% to $115.57 billion, which is the highest monthly deal volume for the U.S. in 2016.  The increase in total U.S. deal volume for April 2016 is largely attributable to U.S. strategic activity, which increased by 95.4% to $96.38 billion in volume, as compared to March 2016.  U.S. sponsor-related activity, on the other hand, was relatively flat with an increase of 5.4% to $19.19 billion in volume.  The total number of U.S. M&A transactions decreased by 6.3% to 711.

Conversely, global M&A activity declined slightly in April 2016, with overall deal volume decreasing by 0.4% to $235.11 billion, and global strategic deal volume decreasing by 2.5% to $187.92 billion.  Global sponsor-related deal volume, however, was up by 9.2% to $47.18 billion.  The total number of transactions globally decreased by 10.7% to 2,821, while average global deal value increased by 17% to $159.6 million.  Figure 1.

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