We continue to believe that US companies have both the firepower and the appetite for deals.
The US was the most prolific deal-making nation in the second quarter, recording twice the number of transactions as the second-most-active nation, Japan.
US firms are active in both in-border and cross-border acquisitions and are both acquiring and disposing of assets.
The US was the most active individual country for M&A activity in Q2 12, recording 55 deals, which is equivalent to 18.2% of total deal volume (cross-border and in-border combined). Japan, which has also been active, based partly on the strength of the yen, was a distant second with 27 deals (8.9% of total deal volume). The US was also active at the top end of the deal size spectrum, appearing as the buyer country in four of the top 10 deals and as a seller in three.
When aggregated into regions, Europe once again dominated cross-border activity, accounting for 45% of seller region volume and 46% of buyer region volume. North America accounted for 25% buyer and 23% of seller region cross-border activity.
We continue to believe that US companies have both the firepower and the appetite for deals, and the degree of due diligence work we observe suggests this will translate into increased transaction activity as the year progresses.