The value of global mergers and acquisitions deals reached 3.24 trillion U.S. dollars in 2016. In that year, the United States proved to be the largest M&A market worldwide, with merger and acquisition deals amounting to approximately 1.46 trillion U.S. dollars. As far as the industry sectors are concerned, the highest value of M&A deals was signed in the energy, mining and utilities 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.