The overall M&A market in the U.S. experienced a reduced volume of trading in 2022 compared to 2021, with 10% fewer deals completed. The value of transactions decreased by 38% to $1.6 trillion. The number of transactions closed per quarter waned throughout 2022, with the M&A transaction total for Q4 declining 25% compared to Q4 in 2021. Multiple interest rate hikes and inflation levels not seen in decades have clearly contributed to a dampened M&A environment.
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