August 16, 2010
First Half Study: M&A Trends
Recently, PricewaterhouseCoopers released its U.S. mid-year M&A forecast which provides analysis on key drivers and challenges for M&A activity throughout the remainder of 2010. Among other things, the study found that U.S. M&A activity was down three percent compared with the same period in 2009. The number of closed deals in the first half of 2010 represents the lowest deal volume this decade, according to PwC. For the first five months of 2010, there were 2,969 closed deals representing $317 billion, compared with 3,065 deals valued at $323 billion in the same period of 2009.