Global M&A deals hit $1.5 trillion in first half

Global M&A deals were mainly targeted at the Americas, followed by the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and the Asia Pacific region, including India and China.
In the first half of 2011, the US targeted M&A totalled $573.1 billion, up 38 per cent from last year, Europe-focused M&A was at $453.1 billion (up 29 per cent) and Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) stood at $282.9 billion (up 21 per cent).

China was the most targeted nation in Asia Pacific with $84.3 billion in the first half of 2011 followed by Australia ($71.9 billion), Japan ($55.8billion) and India ($32 billion).

“India has the second highest cross region inbound M&A volume in Asia Pacific with $22.3 billion in the period under review, up a whopping 144 per cent from last year,” Dealogic said.

The emerging market’s share stood at just 24 per cent — lowest level since the second half of 2009 when it stood at 23 per cent.

The emerging market targeted volume reached $363.2 billion in first half of this year, down 9 per cent from $400.2 billion in the first half of 2010.

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