International, U.S. M&A Activity Rises During Q1 2015 Compared With Q1 2014

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By Michael Greene

April 6 — Global M&A volume in the first quarter of 2015 increased by 15.2 percent compared to the first quarter of last year and is up 57.7 percent compared to Q1 2013, according to Bloomberg's M&A Market Review.

The report also found that the top 10 deals of the quarter “contributed to 27.5% of aggregate deal volume,” in line with Q1 2014, and “[t]he total volume of deals over $1 billion was the highest it has been for the first quarter since 1Q2007 with 127 deals totaling $549.7 billion.”

The most targeted industry during the quarter, with the largest volume and highest deal count, was the consumer, non-cyclical industry, “with $208.9 billion, and 1,604 deals in 1Q2015.” The top overall deal from the quarter, Kraft Food Group Inc.'s merger with H.J. Heinz Co. , represented “over a quarter of the industry’s total deal volume.”

Americas-based M&A activity also saw a similar increase during the quarter, up approximately 13 percent compared to Q1 2014, “maintaining its position as the leader for the first quarter in global M&A volume since 1Q2008.”

According to Bloomberg's Global M&A market review legal rankings, the top three firms in North America in terms of market share for Q1 2015 were Davis, Polk & Wardwell (33.7 percent), Sullivan & Cromwell LLP (30.2 percent) and Skadden Arps Meagher & Flom LLP (23.2 percent). The top three firms in the financial rankings for North America deal involvement were JPMorgan Chase & Co. (28.5 percent), Morgan Stanley (25.5 percent) and Lazard Ltd (22.9 percent).

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