Methodology

Baker McKenzie’s Cross-Border M&A Index assesses the strength of worldwide cross-border M&A activity in each quarter since Q1 2010. Based on a weighted average of cross-border deal values and volumes in each quarter, we calculate a score from a baseline figure of 100, which represents the level of activity in 2009. That score provides one easy-to-understand indicator of how cross-border deal activity changes from quarter to quarter, enabling viewers to identify patterns. 

We define cross-border dealmaking as any M&A activity involving a bidder and target based in separate countries. The overall index score is comprised of four weighted sub-categories, giving slightly more weight to more ambitious deals between parties in two different regions.