First half numbers on the M&A market from the WSJ:
The number of announced U.S. buyouts valued at more than $500 million in June.
Goldman Sachs Group’s rank in the global M&A advisory rankings by the volume of deals worked on; also, Morgan Stanley’s rank in the U.S. M&A advisory rankings.
Lazard’s spot in European M&A advisory rankings. Goldman ranks No. 1 in Europe.
The number of announced transactions valued at more than $10 billion in the second quarter.
Number of U.S. restructuring deals due to bankruptcy or distressed situations in the first half, with a total value of $59.3 billion, the highest on record.
The number of deals withdrawn world-wide in the first half.
$172. 7 million
The average value of strategic deals, or deals with a corporate buyer, in June, the highest average since July 2008.
U.S. deal volume in June, the lowest monthly total of the year and the third straight month in which U.S. deal volume declined.
The value of all the deals closed in the second quarter, the lowest total for a quarter this decade.
U.S. deal volume in the second quarter. Excluding 2008’s fourth quarter, the worst quarter since the third quarter of 2003.
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