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M&A Highlights 1Q24: Cautious optimism

Global M&A volumes show signs of recovery 

Global M&A volume rose 15% year-over-year to USD 722bn in the first quarter, driven by the return of larger deals. But the number of transactions worldwide fell by a third to 7,162, making it one of the quietest quarters for dealmakers in nearly two decades.

Investment banking bonuses in the US, Europe and Asia have been slashed for a second successive year after revenue from advising on M&A transactions fell 22% globally to USD 29bn in 2023. Fees from M&A in the first quarter dropped a further 17% year-over-year to USD 6.2bn.

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*Data sourced from Mergermarket including: M&A Highlights reviews M&A activity across North America, EMEA and APAC in 1Q24. All data correct as at 27th March 2024.

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