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Business negotiations could be set to increase in 2011

A desire for growth may lead more companies to re-enter the merger and acquisition market next year.

01 December 2010

The number of companies entering into business negotiations next year could be set to grow after one expert predicted 2011 could see the onset of a "merger wave".

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, specialist UBS analyst in mergers and acquisitions Dan Stillit said his firm is confident about the amount of deal activity that will occur over the next 12 months.

He stated that a survey published by UBS and Boston Consulting Group found that companies are likely to increase business negotiations as a result of a desire to grow.

"The majority of respondents ... believe that investing in growth is the best use of their balance sheet capacity," Mr Stillit told the news source.

According to the report, buoyant corporate bond markets, a decrease in market volatility and a rise in boardroom confidence are the reasons behind an expected increase in takeover activity in 2011.

Last week, it was revealed by the Guardian that the Daily Mail & General Trust may be set to enter more business negotiation deals after its chief executive Martin Morgan hinted that it might return to the acquisition market.

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