Deal making on course for a bumper year in 2014

It’s “Mad Friday” today, reportedly the busiest day in the UK in December for Christmas parties. But I doubt our M&A deal makers will be taking their feet off the gas as we count down towards the end of 2014.  Looking at the stats as of close of business on 18th December, 2014 has already been a bumper year in terms of deal activity, and historically the last two weeks of December usually see deal makers working even harder to close deals prior to the end of the year.

No matter which way you split the stats, whether it be looking specifically at IPOs or Private Equity, global deal values are at their highest since 2010 and 2008 respectively, with over USD 211bn of completed IPOs and over USD 430bn of announced Private Equity backed transactions. Whilst the actual number of IPOs and PE deals are not reaching the dizzy heights of pre-financial crisis, it’s clear that valuations are on an upward trajectory and it is these valuations and liquidity in the market that have helped push overall deal values to where they currently stand.

Whatever transactions are announced or closed between now and December 31st will simply be the icing on the cake!

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