Abbvie Inc.'s deal to combine with Shire PLC would be the largest made so far this year, excluding assumed debt. Here are the top five:
|Acquirer||Target||Value (in billions)|
|AbbVie Inc.||Shire PLC||$54.68|
|AT&T Inc.||DirecTV Group||$48.48|
|Comcast Corp.||Time Warner Cable Inc.||$45.25|
|Medtronic Inc.||Covidien PLC||$42.99|
|Actavis PLC||Forest Laboratories Inc.||$28.41|
Source: Dealogic data.
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