Concerns about the global economy helped lead to a sharp drop in global M&A activity in the third quarter, according to the latest M&A Trends & Insight for Lawyers report from Thomson Reuters Business Law Advisor–M&A.

Global deal volumes were down 8 percent, falling to their lowest levels since 2005.  U.S. domestic deals actually rose in the third quarter.  Meanwhile, private equity continues to grow its share of global M&A activity.

A copy of the report can be downloaded here.

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