It was another strong past week in merger and acquisition deals, with at least eight announced transactions of more than $1 billion and four of more than $3 billion. The deals were across verticals (pharma, banking, insurance, energy, among others), with a bevy of law firms involved.

While the state of “market conditions,” that catchall for whatever is happening at the moment, doesn’t appear to have changed significantly (persistent wars, inflation, no meaningful interest rate cuts, and a looming U.S. presidential election), deal flow appears to be picking up, compared with last year.