Nineteen ninety-four is on target to become the first- or second-busiest bank M&A year in history, both in terms of number of deals and total deal volume. At the current pace, we will have over 500 transactions this year, with total deal value falling somewhere between $22 billion and $25 billion

Total assets acquired, likely to be around $200 billion, will fall well short of the $275 billion that changed hands in 1991, but will still represent about 5% of total banking and thrift industry assets at the beginning of the year.

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