M&A deal volume and value for 2012 fell below the record-breaking numbers of 2011, but still outpaced the 12-year average of 2000-11. Last year, the total value of completed transactions reached $43 billion - the fourth largest - vs. $80 billion in 2011 and the 12-year average of $29.9 billion. The year saw 70 transactions close, including private deals where financial terms were not disclosed, compared to