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Hot start to the year

Trend in dealmaking activity more than a local phenomenon

Hot dealmaking trend in 2018

January 26, 2018

By: Fred Koury

When we put together our 2018 outlook for Dealmakers Issue #8, we predicted another big year for M&A activity. But I think even the most optimistic dealmakers have been surprised at the level of activity so far.

Our last few issues of Dealmakers have been full of local deals involving companies like Applied Industrial Technologies, Kichler Lighting, Nordson and PolyOne, as well as deals involving local PE firms like Riverside, Align Capital, Blue Point Capital and Citymark Capital.

Of course, this is not just a local phenomenon. As Bloomberg reported last week, the value of mergers announced totaled $152.5 billion in just the first three weeks of the year. That’s the highest since the $374 billion racked up at the beginning of January during the tech frenzy of 2000.