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M&A activity has already blown past the $2 trillion mark in a record-breaking 2021

So far in 2021, global mergers and acquisitions have totaled a record $2.4 trillion, up 158% from the same period last year, according to a Refinitiv Deals Intelligence report out Wednesday. That marks the highest year-to-date total going back to 1980 when Refinitiv’s records began (the first quarter was also a banner few months for M&A).

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“As the surging stock market continues to drive confidence, and interest rates remain at record lows making borrowing for acquisitions cheap, deal making continues at pace,” Lucille Jones, a Deals Intelligence analyst at Refinitiv, wrote alongside the report.

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