What’s Behind the All-Time High in M&A?

The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation 2016-03-22

Posted by Emily Liner, Third Way, on Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Editor's Note:

Emily Liner is a Policy Advisor at Third Way. This post is based on a Third Way publication. The complete publication, including footnotes, is available here.

Headlines over the past year have been filled with news of mega-mergers. Big companies across numerous sectors and continents have been joining forces at record rates. Last year’s $5 trillion worth of deals worldwide was more than a one-third increase over 2014 and set a new high. Why the surge in M&A, and what does it mean for the broader economy?