Why Big-Ticket Deal Failures Don't Spell Trouble For M&A

By Karlee Weinmann (November 6, 2014, 1:40 PM EST) -- Major deal collapses last month pushed the value of this year's mergers and acquisitions failures to a high mark last reached in 2008, but experts say the collapses are inevitable in a marketplace buzzing with activity, buoyed by confidence and full of bold deal makers.

All told, transactions that together are worth more than $570 billion have fallen apart so far this year, a figure that soared last month after AbbVie Inc. dropped its $55 billion plan to merge with rival drugmaker Shire PLC. The deal, ultimately sunk by tougher restrictions on tax-motivated mergers and acquisitions, would have been the biggest...

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