• Mega-deals representing $5 billion or more in transaction value sustained their steady march into next-to-normal territory, with 45 of these deals closing for the year through 3Q across North America, per our 3Q 2018 M&A Report.
• Meanwhile, financial sponsors represented nearly 35% of all completed M&A deals for the quarter, continuing a QoQ rise in private equity's share of overall activity, as firms contend with well-heeled strategic rivals for appetizing targets.
• With the PE-backed take-private of Dr Pepper Snapple and the VC-backed exit of Indian ecommerce startup Flipkart, the composition of transaction types at the top of the heap demonstrates the diversity of capital involved in deals of late.
Plenty of other striking data points also emerged over the quarter, as you can see below in our latest M&A datagraphic, which covers 3Q deal activity, top acquirers and much more. All data is powered by the PitchBook Platform. Click on the graphic to expand or download a PDF.