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Mega-Mergers Pushed Down 2017 M&A Volumes, Top Democrats Seek Hearings

By, Bloomberg BNA

Although mega-merger volumes were down in 2017 year-over-year, the stage is set in 2018 for a renewed focus on the effects of so-called mega- mergers on businesses and consumers. December 2017 ushered in the announcement of the two latest mega-mergers—the $69 billion CVS-Aetna deal and the proposed $52 billion merger of Disney and 21st Century Fox. Amazon’s recent purchase of Whole Foods was also part of this year’s lineup of blockbuster deals.

Despite the overall drop in the volume of mergers and acquisitions in 2017, the outlook for 2018 is bullish. PwC’s leader of U.S. deals, Bob Saad, said Dec. 14 that he expects a “very strong and active year.”


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