Was 2014 the year when the worldwide economy finally turned the corner? After a so-so 2013, European and Asian economies picked up last year while the United States continued its recovery, showering corporate and transactions practitioners with work. The number of mergers and acquisitions worldwide rose 6 percent, and their combined value jumped 47 percent, making 2014 the strongest year since 2007. Capital markets, especially equity offerings, also showed healthy gains. Click here for a complete overview of the year in dealmaking.
The Trends Driving Dealmaking
Transactions work was up across the board in 2014, with record-setting years in M&A and capital markets activity.