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North America experiences dramatic decline in M&A

Inevitably, M&A activity was heavily impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic that had such dramatic effects on markets worldwide during the first half of 2020. Download the Deal Drivers Americas report here. 


North America experienced a dramatic decline in M&A during the first half of 2020 amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Deal value during the first six months of the year totalled $291.7bn - a dramatic 72% decline on the $1.04trn recorded during the same period of 2019. 

Deal volumes were also down significantly to 2,435 in the first half, compared to 3,528 a year ago. The more modest decline in percentage terms - 31% which suggests larger deals were particularly likely to fall victim to the virus' effects on the market. 

Every sector of the market recorded declining M&A activity, but amid this deterioration, some sectors did prove more robust. Mergermarket's forward-looking heat chart tracks "companies for sale" and the data suggests that the TMT sector is set to be the move active in terms of deal count in the second half of the year, followed by the life sciences and and healthcare sector. 

To read the comprehensive review of M&A in the Americas region, download the full report. 

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