- The media space has seen a spate of major acquisition attempts in 2018, with the most recent being the long-running battle between Comcast and Twenty-First Century Fox for British broadcaster Sky.
- The pharmaceutical industry also saw a similar move earlier in the year, as Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical reached an agreement for Shire.
The pharmaceutical industry also saw a merger and acquisition deal of a similar magnitude earlier in the year, as Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical agreed to buy London-listed drug-maker Shire. The $62 billion deal is currently pending regulatory approval from authorities.
— Disclosure: Comcast owns NBCUniversal, the parent company of CNBC.
— Reuters contributed to this report.