Europe M&A reaches pre-crisis levels

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Europe-targeted M&A through the end of Q3 has exceeded 2013 values by 11.4% with total deals of $714.7bn, according to the latest data released by Mergermarket.

Key driver for the growth of European M&A is a rise in valuable European targets coming to market, resulting in 1,055 deals, compared to 854 agreements in the third quarter of 2013.

According to Mergermarket, the growing presence of US companies increased total deal value and also boosted inbound M&A to an all time high. The value of inbound M&A up to the end of Q3 stood at $ 287.2bn, 23.2% higher than the previous peak in 2008.

Global M&A has accumulated roughly $2.5trn, making 2014 the third highest annual value on record since 2006, when M&A values were at $3.2trn and 2007, when they reached $3.6trn.

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