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Private equity is driving M&A in 2017

There has been an 11% boost in U.S. mergers and acquisitions activity so far this year, according to Thomson Reuters. That includes a whopping 340% increase in private equity-backed deals, whereas strategic transactions are down 2%.

Why it matters: There's been a market theory that strategic M&A in the U.S. would surge on the GOP's corporate tax reform plans, including repatriation, but so far it has yet to materialize.

Global perspective: The worldwide M&A figure is currently up 4%, at a total of $331.1 billion, with private equity-backed deals up 27% and strategics up 2%.

Source: Thomson Reuters
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