Worldwide deal volumes swelled to about $564 billion for the three months ended March 31, according to data from Thomson Reuters, 18.4 percent higher than the same time last year.
Deals have also taken on a more international character: Cross-border transactions added up to about 36.6 percent of all mergers for the first quarter, nearly doubling last year’s number. Emerging markets like China and Brazil have proved a font of deal activity: they accounted for $181.7 billion of deals this quarter, according to Thomson Reuters, or 32.2 percent of worldwide volume. (NYT April 1th, 2010)
Deals in Latin America got off to the best start in at least a decade, driven by consolidation in the commodities, food and telecommunications industries in Brazil and Mexico. America Movil SAB’s $25.7 billion all-stock purchase of Carso Global Telecom SAB in Mexico was the No. 2 takeover of the quarter. (BLOOMBERG)