In recent trends of mega merger and acquisition deals with transaction valuations of $10 billion and greater, an increasing number of target companies are headquartered outside of the United States.
An examination of $10 billion-plus announced M&A transactions year-to-date as of July 17, 2017, shows 14 deals involving non-U.S. targets, compared to seven where the target was located in the United States. That compares to year-ago figures showing 10 individual deals with U.S. targets acquired for $10 billion or more, and five involving non-U.S. targets. The current number of big ticket non-U.S. M&A transactions is at 14, its highest count since the same period of 2007 when 18 transactions of $10 billion of more occurred. Since 1999, the number of non-US M&A deals valued at $10 billion and greater had outpaced the number of comparably sized U.S. transactions only a handful of times – until now.
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