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Mergers and Acquisitions

Sources for M&A information

Individual Deals

Thomson Financial is the premier source for information on individual M&A deals. Their data can be accessed through Thomson ONE Banker. The database has comprehensive details on all announced deals, whether completed or uncompleted. The database covers U.S. targets 1979 to present and Non U.S. targets 1985 to present. Data are unavailable for the last thirty days as a condition of our academic subscription.
Data available include full financial details, advisors and fees, premiums paid, etc.

Thomson's data were formerly collected by Securities Data Corporation and accessed through a program called SDC Platinum. SDC Platinum will often appear as a source in empirical research, but the data are the same in Thomson ONE.

How to access deal data in Thomson ONE

  1. Connect to Thomson ONE (link is below)
  2. Choose Screening & Analysis in left column
  3. Click on Deals & League Tables
  4. Select M&A to see search options

League Tables

League Tables are periodic rankings of M&A activity. These usually rank the largest deals and the firms involved in the deals.

Thomson Financial is the most widely cited source for league tables.
They have some information available for free through their
Deals Intelligence site  This requires registration.

Thomson ONE
allows you to search on any number of criteria and create customized league tables based on your search results. Use the advanced search in Thomson Banker and then choose Rankings after running your search.


Bloomberg has current league tables on their web site
(scroll down to see links)

Custom tables can be generated on the Bloomberg terminals in the Gleacher and Harper Center Labs. Type LEAG at the prompt.

Industry Statistics and Analysis

News and Articles

There are many publications dedicated to coverage of the M & A sector. Many of the the major publications are available in online databases like ABI/INFORM and Business Source Complete.
Some important publications:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
    News and other information. Business Source Complete includes rosters of recently completed transactions.
    ABI/INFORM 1993 - present
    Business Source Complete 1998 - present
  • Weekly Corporate Growth Report
    News and trends. One issue a month includes an article on valuation in a specific industry.
    ABI/INFORM 1987 - 2009
    Business Source Complete 1996 - 2009