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On the fifth anniversary of the 2008 financial crisis, the consultant Mergermarket has released data showing that 2013 had the most active summer quarter for mergers and acquisitions, by value, since it started keeping track in 2001.

The company Monday released its trends report [PDF] for the first three quarters of the year. And though value rose, the volume of deals was still down, it said.

The period “was marked by the rise of mega-deals, a trend which peaked in Q3 with the announcement of a 45% stake acquisition of Verizon Wireless by Verizon Communications,” the report said.

The $124.1 billion deal was the largest U.S.-based deal on Mergermarket record, it added.

That deal helped the technology/media/telecommunications industry account for nearly 30 percent of total deal values in the period, the report said.

Other sectors showing significantly increased value over the same period last year were pharma/medical/biotech and transportation.

General counsel and corporations use Mergermarket’s data to help plan growth strategies involving M&A.

The report also lists how outside counsel fared on deals. Globally, the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell jumped from 10th last year to lead all legal advisers on deals by value. In terms of volume, DLA Piper still handled the most deals, with 247.

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