M&A Market Snapshot

Q4’ 2017 merger and acquisition activity was slightly below the levels experienced during the rest of 2017. Despite positive growth in aggregate dollar volume, which increased from Q3’ 2017 to Q4’ 2017 by 19.8% to $420.9 billion, the number of transactions announced declined approximately 10.7% and representing a period low for the year. Full year 2017 volume and deal count also ended up below activity recorded in full year 2016.