Taking Stock 

Goodwill shunting

Mark Robinson

Goodwill shunting

The dollar value of M&A activity within North America and Europe hit $3.55 trillion in 2018, the second highest level on record, albeit on a reduced number of deals, with mega-mergers much in evidence – think Takeda Pharmaceutical and Shire. Basic resources, media and tech stocks were prominent in the roll call, with private equity and venture capital bidders increasingly to the fore.

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