Dealmakers have reported that the value of global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in Q1 2022 fell to USD1.01tr from USD1.43tr in Q1 2021. Dealogic data cited geopolitical tensions that forced large companies across borders to take a pause and postpone their pursuit of large strategic buyouts. North America accounted for more than half of Q1 deal activity, even though volume fell 28%, while Asia-Pacific activity dropped 33% to USD184.2bn. European volumes were down 25% to USD227.67bn. Major deals during the quarter included Microsoft's acquisition of Call of Duty maker Activision Blizzard for USD75bn and European telecom firms Orange and MasMovil combining their Spanish businesses through a EUR19.6bn joint venture.
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