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Gonna be a blockbuster? M&A off to best start since 2000

February 4, 2011: 4:13 PM ET

Source: Thomson Reuters

If 2010 was the year in which mergers and acquisitions got back off the mat, 2011 could be the year in which it starts throwing haymakers.

Global M&A has totaled $309.6 billion since January 1, according to data from Thomson Reuters. That's a 69% jump over the same period in 2009, and represents the busiest start since 2000.

Approximately 60% of the deal activity comes from the financials, materials and energy & power sectors. Very different than 2000, when media, telecom and healthcare were king.

The largest geographic gainer has been the Americas, up 97% year-over-year (including 295% spike for U.S. M&A). European activity was up 90%, Asian activity up 1% and both Africa and the Middle East experienced volume declines (-38% and -29%, respectively).

Private equity activity rose 50% over 2010, with $11.8 billion invested into 246 deals.

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Dan Primack
Dan Primack
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Dan Primack joined Fortune.com in September 2010 to cover deals and dealmakers, from Wall Street to Sand Hill Road. Previously, Dan was an editor-at-large with Thomson Reuters, where he launched both peHUB.com and the peHUB Wire email service. In a past journalistic life, Dan ran a community paper in Roxbury, Massachusetts. He currently lives just outside of Boston.

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