Record First Half: Worldwide Deal-Making Reaches US$2.8 Trillion

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As the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic we are observing a new era of deal-making, which is setting records across industries, regions and deal structures. Over the course of 40 years of tracking mergers & acquisitions, we’ve never seen deal-making at this pace, by value and volume.  What’s most interesting is that each of the hallmarks of previous M&A cycles are present today and are evolving, with record levels of tech M&A this year, an all-time record for private equity buyers and a new, closely watched phenomenon that’s helping push volumes ahead, SPACs.  As fiscal, monetary and regulatory policies become clearer over the course of the second half of the year, deal-making will have to adapt, but conditions seem favorable for the current momentum to continue,” comments, Matt Toole, Director, Deals Intelligence, Refinitiv

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Global M&A

The below Refinitiv Deals Intelligence full quarter end 21Q2 reports analyze global M&A, Capital Markets and Syndicated Loans activity along with a special supplemental overview of the SPAC market.  Top highlights below.

Global M&A deal-making

Record First Half For Worldwide Deal-Making

  • M&A Financial Advisory Review
    • Global M&A (view report here)
      • Worldwide Deal Making Reaches US$2.8 Trillion For Record First Half
      • Private Equity Backed M&A Hits All-Time High; SPACs Account For 14% of Value
      • All-Time Record For Tech M&A
    • Emerging Markets M&A (view report here)
      • Emerging Markets Deal-Making Up 36% to All-Time High
      • China, Brazil & India Drive 57% of Emerging Market M&A
      • Mega Deals Account for 27% of Announced Emerging Markets Value
  • Global Equity Capital Markets Review (view report here)
    • Global ECM Activity Up 50%; Hits All-Time First Half Record
    • Global IPO's Top $200 Billion For Record First Half
    • Nearly 2,400 Secondary Offerings Come To Market in H1; All-Time Record
    • Supplemental overview into the SPAC Market for the first half of 2021
  • Global Debt Capital Markets Review (view report here)
    • Global Debt Capital Markets Activity Down 8% To US$5.3 Trillion
    • Investment Grade Corporate Debt Issuance Falls 18%
    • Global High Yield Debt Pushes Past $400 Billion for First Half Record
  • Global Syndicated Loans Review (view report here)
    • Global Syndicated Lending Up 22% to Three-Year High
    • Acquisition-Related Financing Surpasses US$500 Billion, Up 75%
    • Technology and Healthcare Lead Advancing Industries

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