We are excited to introduce PitchBook's 2015 Annual M&A Report, our very first full-length publication covering all things M&A. In order to best record and interpret the complex M&A landscape, we have carefully honed our research processes to reliably present the reality of the space.
This has resulted in numbers that may differ from other research reports. By our methodology, M&A volume wasn't flat in 2014 but up 12% over 2013 levels, alongside a 24% increase in total value. Details of our research methodology are laid out in the report, which also breaks down M&A activity by deal size, spotlights certain sectors, examines trends in private equity, includes two interviews with M&A professionals from EY and more, including:
The 29% increase in deals of $1 billion or more last year from 2013.
Last year's surge in healthcare M&A, with the space seeing a 25% year-on-year increase in strategic activity.
PE's opportunistic exit activity through sales to corporate acquirers, which accounted for $102 billion in 4Q 2014 alone.
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