Mergers and Acquisitions at the Highest Since 2007

CA16901Mergers and acquisitions this year reached a level that they had seen since 2007, before the financial crisis. Driven primarily by low interest rates and capital inflows, they were up 47% to $3,440 billion, reports the Financial Times on December 23.

The number of transactions, however, has not increased in important proportions: it rose 5% year on year, according to figures compiled by Thomson Reuters.

Sectors of pharmacy (Valeant, Allergan), the high-tech and media and communication (AT & T DirecTV, Comcast, Time Warner) or energy (Halliburton, Baker Hughes) were the most assets in these large mergers and acquisitions

Some agreements were among the ten largest in the past decade, says the Financial Times is the case, the United States, the acquisition of Time Warner by Comcast, DirecTV or redemption of AT & T.

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