According to the Intralinks “Deal Flow Predictor,” global announced mergers and acquisitions (M&A) volume for the first half of 2015 will likely be 9 to 15 percent higher than the first half of 2014. The Deal Flow Predictor tracks early-stage M&A globally including sell-side transactions in the preparation stage and deals reaching due diligence.
In North America, early-stage M&A activity is up 10 percent YoY supported by continued economic strength and low interest rates.
While “mega deals” (those over $5 billion) are expected to keep dominating headlines, the number of these deals is predicted to be less than in 2014. Meanwhile, middle-market M&A will remain strong and financial sponsor activity will increase.
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