The value of global mergers and acquisitions deals reached 3.9 trillion U.S. dollars in 2018. In 2018, the United States proved to be the largest M&A market worldwide, with merger and acquisition deals amounting to approximately 1.6 trillion U.S. dollars. As far as the industry sectors are concerned, the highest value of M&A deals was signed in the financial sector.
Merger and acquisition transactions, due to complexity of the whole process, are managed by financial advisory companies. Goldman Sachs was the leading M&A advisor in both the United States and Europe, in terms of value of M&A transactions in which it assisted.