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7 Top M&A Highlights of Q3

Mergers & acquisitions took off in the third quarter with some eye-popping and historic buyouts

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QuarterlyReviewOutlook185The third quarter is rapidly coming to a close, and if we had to sum it up in one phrase, it would be: “Let’s make a deal!”

Global mergers and acquisition activity through the first nine months of the year is up 13% over the same period of 2012, good for a total deal value of more than $2 trillion, according to a report by Dealogic.

You can thank some U.S.-based M&A in the third quarter for that. The last three months were hardly short on home-grown mega-transactions, historic mergers — and some big, brand names getting bought up.

Here are the seven top M&A highlights of the third quarter:

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