Thomson Reuters 2018 Q1: Ellex leads Eastern European and Nordic M&A Market by Deal Count

Thomson Reuters has just announced its M&A Legal Advisory Rankings for the first quarter of 2018 (Jan-March 2018).
According to the rankings, 2018 has started off globally with record-breaking results:
  • Worldwide M&A Totals Record US$1.2 trillion.
    Worldwide M&A activity totaled US$1.2 trillion during the first quarter of 2018, an increase of 60% compared to the first quarter of 2017 and the strongest first quarter for global M&A since the records began in 1980.
  • Mega Deals Account for 57% of total Value of deals.
    Which is more than three times the levels seen a year ago.
  • Cross-Border M&A hits all-time high.
    Cross-border M&A activity totaled US$520.1 billion during the first quarter of 2018, a 67% increase compared to first quarter 2017 and the strongest first quarter for cross-border M&A on record.
  • European Deal Making has Doubled.
    Record levels of M&A activity for European targets totaled US$471.0 billion during the first quarter of 2018, more than double the level of activity seen during 2017. European deal making accounted for 39% of overall M&A activity during the first quarter, surpassing the United States for the first time in six years.
For Ellex it has been an excellent start of the year as according to the rankings, Ellex holds a dominant position across all Eastern Europe by deal count both in Announced (19 deals counted for Ellex) as well as Completed (16 deals counted for Ellex) rankings.
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The deal values of Ellex are respectively US$344.2 million for Announced deals of Q1 2018 and US$43.7 million for Completed deals of Q1 2018 in the Eastern European region.
As for the Nordic region, Ellex has been ranked in the Completed deals table with 8 transactions with a total value of US$893.8 million, which places it 1st by deal count.
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