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    Top 15 M&A deals of 2014

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    According to a report by Thomson Reuters, The biggest deal of 2014 was Comcast Corp’s estimated $42 billion acquisition of Time Warner. The Mergers and Acquisitions Full year Review 2014 revealed that overall M&A activity saw an increase of 47% across the 12 months.

    The Time Warner deal, which was announced in February, was a culmination of months of speculation over finding a suitable buyer for the media giants. This was closely followed by AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV in May.

    The top 15 also includes three deals from the healthcare industry, including Activis’s estimated takeover of Allergen in November.

    Amongst the highest profile deals were Facebook’s takeover of WhatsApp and the announcement that BT has agreed a deal to acquire mobile network operator EE.

    The top 15 M&A deals of 2014:

    1. ​Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner

    2. AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV Inc

    3. Activas PLC’s acquisition of Allergan Inc

    4. Kinder Morgan Inc’s acquisition of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners

    5. Meditronic Inc’s acquisition of Covidien PLC

    6. CITIC Pacific’s acquisition of CITIC Ltd

    7. Holcim Ltd’s acquisition of Lafarge SA

    8. Haliburton Co’s acquisition of Baker Hughes Inc

    9. Reynolds American Inc’s acquisition of Lorillard Inc

    10. Actavis’s acquisition of Forest Laborities Inc

    11. Numericable Group SA’s acquisition of SFR

    12. BT Group’s acquisition of EE Ltd

    13. Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp

    14. Investor Group’s acquisition of Sinopec Sales Co

    15. GE-Energy Assets’ acquisition of Alstom SA

    (Source: http://www.growthbusiness.co.uk/news-and-market-deals/mergers-and-acquisitions/2476642/top-15-manda-deals-of-2014-announced.thtml)

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