By Marcus Leese

A variety of factors is fuelling a sustained boom in merger and acquisition (M&A) activity around the world. Figures quoted by respected researchers Mergermarket say that the second quarter of 2018 saw global M&A values reach their highest point since the 2008 financial crisis with more than a trillion US dollars spent – and the first half of the year has seen 8,560 deals with a combined value of US$1.94 trillion.

The M&A boom has been good for Guernsey, and good for Ogier – we were named the top offshore European M&A firm in Mergermarket’s most recent report, and within the top ten of all European law firms after advising on a series of major transactions worth US$86 billion in the first half of 2018 alone.