2015 was the “strongest year for deal making on record,” according to Thomson Reuters. Global deal value reached $4.7 trillion, a 42% increase from 2014, and U.S. deal value reached $2.3 billion, a 64% increase. Despite this record-breaking activity, the number of deals announced globally remained relatively flat and in the U.S., the number of deals actually decreased by 1.65% from 10,129 in 2014 to 9,962 in 2015. This is mainly due to the large number of mega deals (deals over $5 billion) announced in 2015.
As we look forward to what will most likely be another year of exciting M&A activity, let’s take a look back at the posts from the Successful Acquisitions blog that you, our readers, found most interesting.
- Why You Don’t Need a 51% Stake to Control a Business
- CVS and Target Pharmacy Acquisition, Divestiture and Co-branding
- Strategic vs. Financial Acquisitions – What’s the Difference?
- How You Can Manage the M&A Process: Tools for Success
- Strategic Acquirers at an Advantage in Today’s Market
- Why ConAgra Plans to Sell Ralcorp Less than 3 Years Later
- New Webinar – “Leadership Essentials for Successful M&A”
- When Organic Growth Stalls, Consider M&A
- Pharmaceutical M&A: The Rush to Acquire
- 2014 Record Breaking Year for M&A