SNL Financial on April 8released first-quarter 2016 M&A league tables for its covered NorthAmerican sectors.
Bank and thrift
topped SNL's financial adviser rankings for bank and thriftM&A for the first quarter of 2016, raking in the most deals and alsorecording the largest cumulative deal value.
Thepace of M&A activity in the insurance underwriter space was slower duringthe first quarter of 2016 than it was during any quarter in 2015, according toSNL Financial data.
andNasdaq Inc. were thebig-dollar buyers in the financial technology and securities and investmentsspaces, respectively.
Thefirst quarter of 2016 saw the energy sector's biggest M&A representative oftrends from the prior year, including shale pipeline acquisitions, Canadianholding companies acquiring regulated U.S. power businesses and large,diversified East Coast utility companies acquiring regulated gas utility andmidstream companies.
Thefirst quarter saw only one REIT deal, but some have said 'splay for Rouse PropertiesInc. could be a harbinger for more consolidation in the B mallarena.
Inthe first quarter of 2016, SNL Kagan counted 486 deal announcements with anaggregate transaction or deal value of $11.67 billion for the media &entertainment and new media industry.
SNLKagan counted 29 deal announcements in the communications sector during thefirst quarter of 2016, with an aggregate transaction or deal value of $1.86billion.
SNL Financial data isan offering of S&P Global Market Intelligence.