Global M&A activity in the third-quarter hit levels not seen since the third quarter of 2008, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters that found that 27% of all transactions involved companies in emerging markets.

In the first three-quarters of the year, Goldman Sachs was the top ranked advisor of corporate M&A, displacing Morgan Stanley, which was the top adviser of M&A deals in the first nine months of 2009. JP Morgan was the third most active M&A adviser, Credit Suisse fourth and Bank of America Merrill Lynch fifth.

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