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Li Ka-shing gives Q1 M&A activity a record-breaking lift. Photo: SCMP/Edward Wong

ReviewWhat really drove Q1 M&A activity to a record in China and Hong Kong?

Mega-deals is the answer according to this comprehensive, graphics-rich analysis by specialist outfit, Mergermarket.

Some 320 transactions valued collectively at US$117.3 billion is the strongest first quarter on record and, according to Mergermarket data, worth more than all the deals done in the entire calendar year of 2007.

Li Ka-shing's move to restructure his Cheung Kong empire was the major market driver, worth US$40.8 billion on its own.

Definitely worth a read for an overview of what's really happening in mergers and acquisitions.