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Deal volumes still strong despite market uncertainty

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World M&A markets are proving resilient in the face of increased global volatility, with more than 20,000 M&A transactions announced in the first half of 2016.

Global deal volumes are 5% down on last year’s all-time high for acquisition activity, according to new data from Thomson Reuters.

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The impact of risks such as the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, ongoing unrest in the Middle East, and recessions in key emerging markets, have led to a more subdued deal landscape in recent months.

However, the market fundamentals driving deal activity are still in play, and good businesses are still selling across diverse sectors. Current key M&A drivers include the ageing population in developed markets driving healthcare innovations, the greening of the energy sector, and the disruptive role of technology across most industries.

Europe accounted for 34% of deal activity in the first half of 2016, with North America generating 27% share, Asia Pacific 27%, and the rest of the world accounting for 12%.

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