Q1 2018 activity off to a flying start

The end of the first quarter is upon us and it has been a flying start to the year in terms of announced deal value. The levels of activity that we have seen so far in 2018 were last seen three years ago, in 2015, and that became a vintage year in terms of global deal activity.

Mixed results for 2017 deal activity

While on face value, results for 2017 look disappointing, it is important to note that the value of announced deal activity seen since 2014 has surpassed all other years on record.

A good first half of the year, despite everything

The fact that global M&A activity has remained remarkably robust in H1 2017 shows that despite ongoing geopolitical turbulence the M&A juggernaut continues to roll on.

A good start to the year … so far

When compared to the first ten days of 2015 and 2016, 2017 has not gotten off to a bad start.

H1 2016 produces disappointing but not surprising levels of global dealmaking

It was always going to be a big ask for global deal making levels to get anywhere close to what was recorded in H1 2015, but despite geopolitical issues which may influence economic growth, now is the time to be positive.