Following record-breaking M&A activity in 2021, M&A volume over the 12 months ending December 31, 2022 reverted toward the mean, with a significant slowdown in the second half of the year. Global M&A volume in 2022 was US$3.6 trillion, down from US$6.2 trillion in 2021 and closer to the annual average of US$4.3 trillion over the prior 10-year period.
Executive Summary/Highlights Global dealmaking slowed significantly in Q3 2022, reflecting current macro-economic and geopolitical uncertainties and challenges. Nevertheless, many deals got done and many of the traditional drivers of M&A point to meaningful deal flow in Q4 and beyond. Global M&A volume was US$692 billion in Q3 2022, a 37% decrease from Q2 2022 and … Continued
Executive Summary/Highlights Global dealmaking was up in Q2 2022 as compared to Q1 2022, and year-to-date is on pace with pre-pandemic deal volume (although below last year’s record-breaking levels). Global M&A volume was US$1.14 trillion in Q2 2022, an 11% increase from Q1 2022, but a 26% decrease from Q2 2021. Several mega deals were … Continued
Executive Summary/Highlights After a record-breaking 2021 in which global M&A volume surged to a new peak, global dealmaking slowed in the first quarter of 2022. Global M&A volume was approximately US$1.0 trillion in Q1 2022, less than any of the prior six quarters. Despite a decline in M&A activity relative to the record-breaking volumes of … Continued
Executive Summary/Highlights Global M&A volume was more than US$5.8 trillion in 2021, the highest annual volume on record. Each of the four quarters of 2021 was one of the top six most active quarters by dollar volume since the beginning of 2010. In addition to a legion of private equity funded transactions, including such major … Continued
Executive Summary/Highlights Global M&A activity reached historic levels in the first half of 2021, amounting to one of the highest first-half deal volumes on record. The surge in M&A activity following the early-pandemic shutdown has continued for the last 12 months, driven by a bull market, economic stimulus, corporate priorities to adapt to changes in … Continued
On April 10, 2021, the State Administration for Market Regulation (“SAMR”) imposed administrative penalties on a leading Internet company for abusing its dominance in the China online retail market by engaging in exclusive dealing conduct. This article will sort out the key points of this case from four different aspects: relevant market definition, market dominance evaluation, “either or” (exclusive dealing) conduct, and the penalty amount. It will also offer suggestions on compliance for Internet platform undertakings.
Executive Summary/Highlights Global M&A volume reached record highs in Q1 2021. As Covid-19 vaccines became more widely available and economies reopened, M&A volume reached the largest first quarter deal volume on record since records started being kept in 1980. In Q1 2021, global M&A volume was US$1.34 trillion, a 1.7% increase from Q4 2020 (US$1.32 … Continued
The widely reported lawsuit against Google, brought this week by the Department of Justice and 11 state attorneys general, marks the most significant antitrust enforcement action in the United States against a major technology company in two decades. As set out briefly below, the suit warrants careful consideration, both for what it alleges and what … Continued
*This article was originally distributed on January 21, 2020 In our annual forecast of the year ahead for Canadian competition and foreign investment review law, we evaluate how developments in 2019 will influence these areas of the law in 2020. We discuss below the main issues and trends to watch for this year. Continued Focus … Continued