In the first half of 2010, total M&A value stood at $375 billion. 1H 2015, on the other hand, surged to a mammoth $1.03 trillion, and 2016 has proven no different so far, with M&A value just exceeding $1 trillion in the first half of the year, according to PitchBook's 2Q 2016 M&A Report.
Such massive sums are still occurring even as closed transactions have slid considerably; from 1Q to 2Q, activity dropped by over 24%. Even if numbers are revised as time goes on, that decline is significant. The full report delves into what continues to drive elevated value even as activity declines, with highlights such as:
Spotlights on key sectors in the current climate: energy, healthcare & IT