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March 16, 2020 Download PDF
M&A activity globally and in the U.S. was mixed in February. Overall, the number of deals continued to decline in both the U.S. and the rest of the world, while total deal value showed signs of recovery relative to the low levels recorded in January. Globally, the number of deals decreased by 14.5%, to 2,344, while the total deal value increased by 44.6%, to $255.23 billion. U.S. M&A activity was also mixed, with the number of deals decreasing by 17.3%, to 688, while total deal value increased by 28.7%, to $100.53 billion. Average deal value increased overall—rising by 55.6% in the U.S., to $146.1 million, and by 69.1% globally, to $108.9 million. Even the mixed dealmaking activity in February may be a waning trend, as the continued COVID-19 outbreak continues to impact the global economy and financial markets, resulting in an increasingly uncertain outlook for M&A in 2020. For our client memoranda on navigating this crisis, visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center.