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mergers and acquisitions

Deal activity fell in Q2, but not as precipitously as some feared

Handshake of businessmen - success, congratulation, greeting & business partner concepts

Solid Q1 likely to be followed by a lengthy drought for deals


Schwab-TD Ameritrade transaction was the largest announced in the quarter

Business people shaking hands

Deal activity was at its lowest level since the third quarter of 2017

Deal volume has now topped 800 for six straight quarters

The number of deals is down from the previous quarter, but the value of transactions has increased

High angle view of businesspeople shaking hands and closing a deal

Canada saw 3,415 deals announced last year, up by 14% from 2017

But while both the number and value of deals dropped from the previous quarter, Q2 was the third most active quarter in the past three years

The total number of deals increased in Q4 and in 2016, overall, and the outlook for M&A remains steady