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Deal-making down on 2015 say consultants
Thursday 22 Dec 2016 Author: William Cain

Softbank’s £24bn purchase of London-listed technology giant ARM was the biggest takeover on the UK stock market in 2016 but it is a drop in the ocean compared to the $3.3trn of deals done worldwide.

Global deal values announced so far in 2016 look set to finish the year lower than the $4.4trn in 2015, according to analysis by consultants at Allen & Overy.

Despite the ARM deal and a number of big ticket purchases in North America including AT&T/Time Warner, deals valued at more than $10bn are down year-on-year while mid-sized deals increased.

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