Global M&A volume reaches $3 trillion for 2015

Global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) volume for 2015 reached $3 trillion on August 11, according to research firm Dealogic.

At 223 days into 2015, that’s the second fastest rate at which global M&A has reached the $3 trillion mark, just behind 2007 when the $3 trillion mark was reached on July 23, 204 days into the year.

Healthcare mergers lead all other sectors with deals worth $482.3 billion announced so far in 2015. Deals in technology and oil and gas placed second and third with $382 billion and $294.2 billion of mergers respectively

North America is ahead of all other regions with a record $1.6 trillion of deals, a 51% increase from this stage of 2014. Europe has $716.3 billion of deals.

The largest deal of 2015 so far is Royal Dutch Shell’s pending $81.5 billion bid for BG Group, followed by Charter Communications’ $79.6 billion bid for Time Warner Cable.

Goldman Sachs leads the M&A advisor ranking so far in 2015 with involvement in $988.7 billion of deals, followed by Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan on $776.2 billion and $766.6 billion respectively.

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