M&A Deals Falling Apart in 2016

Coming off of a record $4.7 trillion M&A year in 2015, 2016 has had $400 billion of M&A deals that have fallen apart so far because of the Oil & Gas industry concerns, as well as regulators blocking huge M&A for anti-trust reasons.

The New York Times DealBook writes about how arb traders (I think the technical term is arbitrageur or merger arbitrage trader) are going completely nuts.

Anbang Insurance Group Withdraws $14 Billion Offer for Starwood Hotels and Resorts

Abbott’s $5.8 Billion Acquisition of Alere Terminated

Office Depot and Staples Blocked by a Federal Judge

Pfizer and Allergen Merger fell apart

Halliburon and Baker Hughes Call Off $35 Billion Merger.