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Value of global M&A 2019, by industry

The value of M&A deals varies by industry. For example, the global value of M&A transactions in the financial sector amounted to 897.9 billion U.S. dollars in 2019, whereas energy sector deals only amounted to 308.3 billion U.S. dollars in the same year.

A merger of companies is a complex process and in many cases businesses decide to cooperate with financial advisors and investment bankers to make sure that all steps are accomplished properly. In 2018, Morgan Stanley led the ranking of the leading M&A advisory firms worldwide, with 795 billion U.S. dollars of managed M&A transactions. Ranked second among financial advisory firms was Goldman Sachs, with M&A deals worth 788 billion U.S. dollars.

The largest M&A transaction in 2018 was the purchase of Express Scripts Holding Co. The deal value amounted to 68 billion U.S. dollars. Goldman Sachs proved to be the leader in terms of number of M&A deals managed in 2018. In that year, Goldman Sachs assisted in 287 merger and acquisition transactions.

Value of global mergers and acquisitions in 2019, by industry

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February 2020



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