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M&A at a Glance (February 2013)

February 19, 2013 download PDF

Attached is the February issue of Paul, Weiss's M&A at a Glance publication. Following the significant increase in M&A activity that we observed in December 2012, it was not surprising to see a decline in the level of activity in January. The extent of the drop, however, was larger than expected with global transactions declining over 50% and the number of deals declining over 10%. U.S. deals had mixed results, seeing a volume decline of under 40% and a small increase in the number of deals. These trends were consistent across both strategic and sponsor-related transactions. See Figure 1. U.S. public mergers announced in January continued the upward trend of all cash transactions, which represented 80% in the month. See Figure 8. Looking ahead, we suspect that February may hold increased activity and volume, particularly in the wake of the Dell transaction announced earlier this month. We will report on these developments in our March issue.

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