"The first nine months of 2018 have been a boom to some areas of mergers and acquisitions activity and have been verging on a bust for other areas..."
"Earlier in 2018, the European Commission observed that Malta’s economy is ‘among the fastest growing economies in the EU’, noting that a large part of this is due to ‘exceptional investments in the aviation and energy sectors in previous years’ and ‘several projects in the health, technology and telecommunication sectors’..."
"M&A activity in Mexico has enjoyed a good run in recent years, although levels in terms of principal investment and number of deals remain low when compared to Brazil, which continues to lead the region, and only slightly above Chile..."
"Although market conditions are generally improving, it has been a mixed year for Russian M&A: on the one hand, the value of the Russian rouble has stabilised over the past couple of years and the economy continues to strengthen following a short period of technical recession; on the other hand, investment conditions remain challenging due to continuing geopolitical risk..."
"In the United States, the first three quarters of 2018 have seen an overall slight decline in total deal count from the comparable period in 2017, but this still accounted for the second-highest total on record by both deal value and deal count, totaling US$1.1 trillion and 4,100 transactions..."