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Deal Drivers Americas Full Year 2016

Deal Drivers Americas Full Year 2016

22 February 2017

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Mergermarket is pleased to release the full-year edition of Deal Drivers Americas, in association with Merrill Corporation. This report provides an in-depth review of M&A activity for the full year of 2016, offering insights into how announced deals of FY 2016 will impact M&A for the year ahead.

Highlights from the report include:

  • Trends in top deals: In the Americas, three out of the top five deals of 2016 involved cross-border acquisitions. Cross-border transaction values alone made up more than 29% of the region’s total for the year, an all-time high.
  • Growing private equity presence: Last year saw a record 1,149 private equity deals for companies in the Americas, with an aggregate value of US$172.4bn. With nearly 3,000 private capital funds raising funds as of January 2017, the size and strength of the sector is set to grow.
  • Region in flux: The Trump administration has already begun to reverse the policies of its predecessor and negotiating with companies on their global development plans. Meanwhile, Latin America continues to suffer from economic contraction, but is expected to slowly climb out of its situation in 2017. Canada, perhaps the most stable economy of the region, is expecting a rise in outbound M&A but also faces the impact of lower commodity prices.