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M&A Report

2017 Annual

M&A Report

January 24, 2018

M&A activity in North America and Europe totaled $2.93 trillion across 19,510 deals in 2017—the fourth consecutive year of at least $2.9 trillion in value. Dealmaking continues to receive tailwinds from high cash reserves on corporate balance sheets, ample private equity dry powder, and a sanguine global economic outlook. In PitchBook's 2017 Annual M&A Report, our analysts delve into additional key drivers behind this still-strong cycle. 

Key takeaways: 

  • In 2017, the M&A value was $2.93 T. This is the fourth consecutive year M&A value exceeded $2.9T
  • 17.8% of all M&A was within technology, an all-time high
  • 12.3% of European M&A volume was cross-border