Deals Off to Best Start Since Millennium
Mergers and acquisitions worldwide are off to the hottest start since 2000, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Deals announced in January totaled $264.9 billion, including six topping $10 billion, the data show. The largest was Keurig Green Mountain Inc.’s agreement to take control of Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. in a transaction valued at $23 billion including debt. Blackstone Group LP’s $17 billion acquisition of a unit of Thomson Reuters Corp. was the second biggest.