US oil and gas M&A at $39 billion

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Average M&A deal value this quarter rose 13.8% to $765 million, up from $672 million during the same period last year. This is despite the fact that total volume and total value for deals above $50 million have dropped in Q2 2011 by 4.9% to $39 billion, compared to $41 billion in Q2 2010. PwC's analysis highlighted that interest in shale acreage, midstream assets and foreign investors have been the key drivers behind M&A activity during the past quarter.

Shale gas assets are currently highly

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