By Dan Primack
July 1, 2011

M&A and private equity deal data from the first half of 2011.

Today is the first day of Q3, which means we need to do some post-mortems on Q2. I posted a list of the past quarter’s largest VC deals yesterday, and today Thomson Reuters sent over some M&A and PE deal figures.

Global M&A for Q2 2011 came in at $710 billion for 9,664 deals, compared to $786 billion (10,410 deals) in Q1 and $553 billion (10,407 deals) in Q2 2010. Private equity deal activity came in at $70.53 billion for 961 deals, compared to $53 billion for 983 deals the prior quarter. Q2 2010 had been $51 billion for 880 deals.

The driving sector in M&A for the first half of 2011 was “high-tech” with a 13.5% market share of dollars, followed by real estate (13.4%) and consumer products/services (12.2%).

The reading region for PE deal activity in the first half was the Americas, although it’s lead over Europe dropped from 55.4% in the first half of 2010 to 44.4% in 2011 (even though the actual deal totals increased).

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