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Largest merger and acquisition deals worldwide in 2016, by deal value (in billion U.S. dollars)

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Largest M&A deals worldwide 2016, by transaction value This statistic presents the largest merger and acquisition deals worldwide in 2017, ranked by transaction value. The acquisition of Broadcom Ltd. by QUALLCOMM, Inc, valued at 88.21 billion U.S. dollars, proved to be the worldwide largest M&A deal of the year 2017.
Mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. – additional information

Despite Comcast Corporation’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc in 2014 being the largest deal of the year in terms of value, a ranking of the value of M&A deals in the U.S. in 2016, by industry reveals that the technology industry did not dominate the field in 2016. Technology, M&A deals amounted to 176.7 billion U.S. dollars but successful deals in the energy, mining and utilities industry surpassed this total with 337.4 billion U.S. dollars.
In a survey among M&A professionals from U.S. corporations, private equity firms and investment banks in 2014, respondents were asked to forecast; Which industries do you think will be the most active in M&A in 2016? The responses ranked the energy industry in third place with a 21 percent share of respondents. In first place was the technology industry, with 70 percent of respondents believing that they would be the most active in the year ahead.
In the same survey, respondents were asked about the main reasons behind acquisitions planned in the U.S. for 2016 in order to determine what motivates the practice. It was revealed that 25 percent of respondents stated that opportunity of a target becoming available was the primary factor in planning a merger whilst a further 36 percent of respondents stated there reason was in order to expand the geographic reach of their company.
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This statistic presents the largest merger and acquisition deals worldwide in 2017, ranked by transaction value. The acquisition of Broadcom Ltd. by QUALLCOMM, Inc, valued at 88.21 billion U.S. dollars, proved to be the worldwide largest M&A deal of the year 2017.
Mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. – additional information

Despite Comcast Corporation’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc in 2014 being the largest deal of the year in terms of value, a ranking of the value of M&A deals in the U.S. in 2016, by industry reveals that the technology industry did not dominate the field in 2016. Technology, M&A deals amounted to 176.7 billion U.S. dollars but successful deals in the energy, mining and utilities industry surpassed this total with 337.4 billion U.S. dollars.
In a survey among M&A professionals from U.S. corporations, private equity firms and investment banks in 2014, respondents were asked to forecast; Which industries do you think will be the most active in M&A in 2016? The responses ranked the energy industry in third place with a 21 percent share of respondents. In first place was the technology industry, with 70 percent of respondents believing that they would be the most active in the year ahead.
In the same survey, respondents were asked about the main reasons behind acquisitions planned in the U.S. for 2016 in order to determine what motivates the practice. It was revealed that 25 percent of respondents stated that opportunity of a target becoming available was the primary factor in planning a merger whilst a further 36 percent of respondents stated there reason was in order to expand the geographic reach of their company.
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