By the Numbers: The New Dealmakers

Last week, in India's third-biggest proposed merger ever, mobile-phone company Bharti entered into talks to acquire Kuwait-based Zain telecom's African operations for $10.7 billion. The sale highlights the rising importance of emerging-market deals in global M&A activity:

29.5
PERCENTAGE of global M&A activity generated by U.S. deals in the first six weeks of 2010.

43
PERCENTAGE of global M&A activity generated by emerging-market deals in the first six weeks of 2010.

41
PERCENTAGE decrease in U.S. M&A activity from the previous year.

163
PERCENTAGE increase in emerging-market M&A activity from the previous year.

Source: Thomson Reuters

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