Ciesco Market Intelligence 10 January 2019

Ciesco publishes 2018 Global M&A Review

Executive summary

Deal volume increased for the fifth year running, reaching a total of 1,392 in 2018, with total deal value also a record standing at $304bn, or $85.6bn on an adjusted basis to exclude this year’s four mega-deals, the 2018 total deal value surpassed the previously record high of $82.6bn reached in 2016, representing a 24.5% increase over 2017 levels.

Notable deals

This year saw the completion of a number of landmark deals in the sector, most notably several mega-deals in the media sector: AT&T acquired Time Warner, Disney completed the acquisition of 21st Century Fox, whilst Comcast completed on their acquisition of Sky…


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