Record-Breaking M&A, A SPAC Slowdown, Antitrust Action, Media Mega-Mergers And More From A Frantic First Half Of Deals In 2021
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1. Multitudinous mergers
The first half of 2021 ended this week. And in the realm of mergers, acquisitions and private equity, it was a six-month stretch unlike any other.
So we’re going to do something a little different in today’s newsletter. Instead of recapping the highlights of the past week, we’ll turn our rearview mirror to the entirety of 2021 so far—a stretch that’s been marked by meme stocks, tax talks, SPAC speculation and media consolidation.
But we’d be remiss if we didn’t start with this simple fact: By a wide, wide margin, the past six months were filled with more M&A activity than the start to any other year in this millennium.