In 2012, the health care industry experienced significant mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity, according to a recent report from investment bank Berkery Noyes. Its findings show that total health care M&A transaction value rose 5 percent over 2011, while aggregate transaction value climbed to $11.96 billion in 2012. Overall, private equity firms were responsible for four of the top ten highest-value deals.

In 2012, total transaction volume increased 21 percent over 2011, with 380 total transactions occurring in 2012. Health care IT provided the dominant share of transaction volume and accounted for 41 percent of the industry’s aggregate deal flow. M&A activity in the subsectors of medical education, health care business services, consumer health information, and mobile applications also grew.

The year’s most prolific health care acquirer was the McKesson Corporation, with six acquisitions. TPG Capital was the most active financial sponsor in 2012, with five transactions.

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Financial industry executive Gary Pagar has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. His sector expertise includes health care, media and entertainment, consumer products and services, real estate, and renewable energy.

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