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Global M&A activity down in first quarter.

Global M&A activity fell sharply in the first quarter of 2012.

The "M&A Trends & Insight for Lawyers" report from Thomson Reuters revealed M&A activity dropped in volume by 20 per cent, while the value of deals dropped by 33 per cent compared with the fourth quarter of 2011. This continues a downward trend that began in the second half of last year.

The largest declines involved private equity, which reversed a three-year trend of private equity accounting for an increasing proportion of deals. Private equity deal activity fell to its lowest level since Q12010, with value down 23 per cent and volume down 21 per cent compared to Q4 2011.

The largest private equity deal in the first quarter was the $7.15bn acquisition of EP Energy by an investor group led by Apollo Global Management, Riverstone Holdings and Access Industries.

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Title Annotation:Update
Publication:Financial Management (UK)
Date:Jun 1, 2012
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