Evercore’s Altman Says M&A Recovery Will Surpass $4 Trillion Record

Busiest industries for dealmaking are natural resources, healthcare, financial services and technology

Dealmaking is at the beginning of a recovery whose peak will exceed the record $4 trillion of takeovers clinched at the height of the merger boom in 2007, according to Evercore Partners Inc.’s Roger Altman.

Companies are pursuing deals “in the midst of a classic, cyclical upswing,” said Altman, founder of New York-based investment bank Evercore. Buyers from Applied Materials Inc. to Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. racked up more than $32 billion in purchases globally this week, bringing 2011’s total to $839 billion, a 23 percent increase from a year earlier, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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