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Global M&A Struggles To Keep Pace As Optimism Dims

Law360 (April 19, 2019, 5:05 PM EDT) -- Global mergers and acquisitions activity fell during the first quarter of the year, failing to keep pace with the busy start to 2018 and casting doubt on the outlook for the remainder of 2019 as private lenders say their optimism for deal-making is waning.

The overall number of deals inked globally in the first three months of the year reached only 2,558 transactions worth a combined $801.5 billion, compared to the 5,085 deals worth $943.5 billion signed during the first quarter of 2018, according to Mergermarket. That marks a 49.7% drop in global deal volume and a 15% decline in global...

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