At the nine-month mark, global merger-and-acquisition (M&A) activity has already set a full-year record, according to a new report from Refinitiv.
So far this year, there’s been US$4.4-trillion worth of global M&A activity, topping the previous full-year record of US$4.3 trillion, set in 2015.
Deal value so far this year surged by 92% from the same period last year, and the volume of deals is up 28% from 2020.
The third quarter also set a record, with US$1.6-trillion worth of deal making.
The value of private equity–backed M&A transactions more than doubled from last year to US$839.6 billion, Refinitiv reported.
At the same time, transactions involving special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) totalled US$545.8 billion so far this year.
Cross-border M&A activity also effectively doubled from last year to US$1.6 trillion, led by the tech, industrial and financial sectors, which accounted for 43% of cross-border deals, up from 35% last year.
Overall, deals involving tech companies totalled US$888.2 billion during the first nine months of 2021, which is more than double the total in 2020.
Financial and industrial sector deals jumped by about 80% from last year.