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April 2, 2014
Q1 2014 M&A TRENDS HIGHLIGHT STRENGTH IN TMT & A GROWING ROLE FOR INDEPENDENT ADVISERS

Q1 M&A from Thomson Reuters and S&P Capital IQ underscore several interesting trends:

  • Substantial transactions in the cable sector (i.e. Comcast/Time Warner Cable) and technology (i.e. Facebook/Whatsapp) drove this sector to produce almost a quarter of global M&A transactions by dollar value
  • Independent advisers again grabbed a substantial percentage of M&A league table activity. Clients are both recoiling at the conflicts of interest at the large banks and appreciating the expertise and attention found at boutique advisory firms
  • First quarter M&A activity was almost evenly split between the US and the rest of the world
  • Whilst robust, M&A volumes still lag well-below the pre-crash peaks of 2001 and 2007

M&A by Industry  M&A Quarterly ActivityM&A Market Share

Number of Deals - Independent-Bank$ Volume - Independent-Bank