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Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator

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Intralinks has been a leading global provider of virtual data rooms for over fifteen years, and our involvement in the early stages of M&A deals allows us to keep a finger on the pulse of today’s rapidly changing M&A market.

The DFI tracks early-stage M&A (sell-side M&A mandates and deals reaching due diligence) across the world, providing a unique leading indicator of global M&A activity levels. Learn more about what the DFI is, what it reports and the predictive nature of the data.

The Q1 2014 Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator (DFI) Report shows a flat level of early-stage activity in Q1 2014 compared to Q4 2013, with a decline of less than 1% QoQ, a not unexpected seasonal result. YoY, early-stage activity increased by almost 16%. Read more now: Click here to download the latest report now.


The Q4 2013 Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator (DFI) Report shows an 17 percent increase in (YoY year-over-year early-stage global M&A activity, contributing to our belief that the global M&A market could see increases deal activity in 2014. Read more now: Click here to download the latest report now.


The Q3 2013 Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator (DFI) Report shows an 18 percent increase in year-over-year early-stage global M&A activity, with particularly strong performance in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Latin America. With overall deal flow only slightly below the very high level seen in the previous report, indications are that there is a sustained recovery underway in the global M&A market. Click here to download the latest report now.


The Q2 2013 Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator (DFI) Report shows a 24% quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) increase in early stage M&A, representing a five-year high with consistently strong performance across all geographies and markets. This is one of the insights you’ll read about in the latest issue of the Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator report, presented in association with mergermarket.  

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The Q1 2013 Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator (DFI) Report, shows a heartening 11% year-on-year (YoY) increase in early stage M&A, which parallels Q4 2012’s YoY growth, contrasts with a 1% quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) increase in the DFI. This is one of the insights you’ll read about in the latest issue of the Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator report, presented in association with mergermarket.  Download the latest Deal Flow Indicator to learn more about M&A deal activity around the world. 
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The Q4 2012 Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator (DFI) Report, brought to you in association with Remark, has found that some of the gloom surrounding M&A in 2012 has lifted. When comparing Q4 2012 with the same period in 2011, the DFI found an 11% increase in the volume of deals reaching the due diligence stage. This shows sustained upward growth: as confidence is fundamental to M&A, and dealmakers are very conscious of what others in the marketplace are doing, the possibility of a strong start to 2013 seems all the more likely… Download the latest Deal Flow Indicator to learn more about M&A deal activity around the world. 
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The 2012 Q3 Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator shows the second highest quarter of early-stage M&A tracked by Intralinks since Q1 2008, while the year-on-year (YoY) increase came in at a robust 15%. On a quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) basis, the DFI witnessed a 7% fall in Q3. Looking at the detail, this is not surprising: Q3 has a natural lull due to the summer slowdown – a trend decidedly more evident in North America and EMEA, which fell by 12% and 9% QoQ. Download the latest Deal Flow Indicator to learn more about M&A deal activity around the world.
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The 2012 Q2 Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator reports that global M&A deal activity in Q2 2012 increased by +21% from Q1 2012 and by +23% from Q2 2011. Most regions showed positive quarter–to–quarter growth in Q2 2012 from Q1 2012, except Asia Pacific. Year-over-year deal activity in Q2 2012 from Q2 2011 by region was as follows – EMEA: +23%, North America: +22%, Asia Pacific +30% and Latin America: +19%. Download the latest Deal Flow Indicator to learn more about M&A deal activity around the world.
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The 2012 Q1 Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator reports the sequential deal volume was flat in Q1 2012 from Q4 2011. Globally, M&A deal activity was up 23% in Q1 2012 over Q1 2011. Most regions experienced significant year-over-year growth across the board, with the strongest growth in Asia Pacific and Latin America.   Year-to-year growth in total annual deal from Q2 2011 to Q1 2012 - Latin America (48% percent), APAC (29% percent), EMEA (28% percent) and North America (14%). Download the latest Deal Flow Indicator to learn more about M&A deal activity around the world.
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The 2011 Q4 Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator reports sequential growth was up slightly at 1.5% in Q4 2011 from Q3 2011. Globally, M&A deal activity increased by 22% in Q4 2011 over Q4 2010. Most regions experienced significant year-over-year growth across the board, with the strongest growth in Latin America with North America placing a close second.  Latin America (33% percent), North America (29%), EMEA (16% percent), and APAC (7% percent) in Q4 2011 compared to Q4 2010. Download the latest Deal Flow Indicator to learn more about M&A deal activity around the world.
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The 2011 Q3 Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator reports sequential growth was flat in global M&A deal activity compared to Q2 2011. Globally, M&A deal activity increased by 19% percent in Q3 2011 compared to Q3 2010. The most regions experienced significant year-over-year increases in deal activity – Latin America (43% percent), APAC (34% percent) and EMEA (39% percent), while North America grew only 3% in Q3 2011 compared to Q3 2010. Download the latest Deal Flow Indicator to learn more about M&A deal activity around the world.
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The 2011 Q2 Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator reports a 24% increase in global M&A deal activity compared to Q2 2010. M&A deal activity in North America increased by 15 percent in Q2 2011 compared to Q2 2010. The other regions also experienced significant year-over-year increases in deal activity – Latin America (88 percent), APAC (29 percent) and EMEA (25 percent). Download the latest Deal Flow Indicator to learn more about what to look for in 2011.
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The 2011 Q1 Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator reports a 24% increase in global M&A deal activity compared to Q1 2010. Each region experienced increases in deal activity year over year compared to Q1 2010 with Latin America seeing a 39% increase, EMEA a 26% increase, Asia Pacific a 22% increase and North America a 21% increase.
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The 2010 Q4 Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator reports a 33% increase in global M&A deal activity in 2010 from 2009. In Q4 2010, global deal activity was up 20% compared to Q4 2009 but decreased by 3% versus Q3 2010 following six consecutive quarters of growth.
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The 2010 Q3 Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator reports a 38 percent increase in global M&A deal activity in Q3 2010 versus Q3 2009. In the last quarter, deal activity is up nine percent compared to Q2 2010, a 68 percent increase from the Q1 2009 low. The significant increase in M&A deal activity over the last 12 months has been driven largely by growth in the emerging markets.
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The 2010 Q2 Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator reports a 40 percent increase in global M&A deal activity versus Q2 2009. Despite the continuing economic uncertainty, Intralinks observed an 11 percent increase in global activity when comparing Q2 2010 to Q1 2010.
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The 2010 Q1 Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator highlights continued stability following consecutive quarters of double-digit growth in global deal activity in 2009. We observed a 2% growth in deals over Q4 2009, and 39% increase in deals over Q1 2009.
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The 2009 Q4 Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator highlights a 12% increase in global deal activity in Q4 when compared to Q3 2009. The number of deals in Q4 2009 is up to levels seen back in Q1 2008 and comes on the back of three straight quarters of double-digit deal growth in 2009. EMEA sees 20% increase in deal activity in Q4, supported by a 12% increase in North America and a 9% increase in Latin America.
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The 2009 Q3 Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator findings show a 10% rise in global deal activity over the previous quarter. This increase was driven by activity from across the globe, with EMEA and APAC both posting double-digit increases in Q3. This builds on the 10% rise in deal activity observed in Q2 2009 compared to Q1 2009, making for a continuing positive momentum in the M&A markets.
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In this first release, the 2009 Q2 Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator findings included a 10% increase in global deal activity from Q2 ’09 from Q1 ’09. The global increase was primarily driven by deal activity in the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions. Both regions (Americas and Asia-Pacific) saw a 16% increase from Q2 ’09 vs. Q1 ’09. While deal activity in EMEA in Q2 ’09 remained flat vs. Q1 ’09 levels. This view adds a layer of understanding to recent economic reports that predict an overall stabilization in the markets.
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This report is based on observations and subjective interpretations of M&A deal activity and is not intended to be an indicator of Intralinks' business performance or operating results for any prior or future period.