Freshfields tops European deal value rankings as activity levels plummet to five-year low

UK firms put in a strong show as deal values soar but volume levels dip globally

European M&A deal volume fell to its lowest level since 2013 during the first half of 2018, despite a surge in high-value transactions, according to new data from Mergermarket.

The latest figures from the data provider show that the total number of European deals fell to 3,199 during H1 2018, down from 3,856 in the same period last year – a fall of 17%. Deal volumes in Q2 this year stood at just 1,478 – a fall of 14% on the first quarter of the year and representing the slowest activity levels since Q3 2013.

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