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M&A Surge Driven by U.S. Deals Makes for Best January Since 2000

Feb. 4, 2019, 4:29 PM

After a dismal December, dealmakers made a comeback in January, logging $275 billion of mergers and acquisitions globally to mark the best start to a year in almost two decades.

“M&A came back even though the markets felt choppy, and that shows how confident CEOs are,” said Susie Scher, co-head of the global financing group at Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

The surge was led by North American deals, with $187 billion of transactions announced during the month -- up 40 percent from 2018 -- according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Asia was next with $47 billion, an increase of about...

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