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M&As in the US 'benefited from early capital market recovery'

Rather than focussing on recovery, firms may have been able to find ways to grow.

10 December 2010

Improved conditions for mergers and acquisitions that emerged in the second half of 2010 were a result of a quicker than expected resurgence from the capital markets, it has been noted.

According to PwC US, there has been an upsurge in M&A activity over the past six months, in addition to stronger corporate assets valuations and the availability of attractive debt financing.

"Backed by stronger credit and equity markets going into 2011, corporates have shifted their transaction focus from a mindset of recovery to strategic growth, to generate additional revenues," said Martin Curragh, US transaction services leader at the audit and assurance service firm.

He noted that private equity companies are now beginning to devote more time to looking for new opportunities and then following them through as the debt markets have recovered.

Earlier this week, Reuters reported that US asset management merger advisory firm Berkshire Capital may be set to enter more business negotiations after it said it plans to open a new office in Sydney, Australia. 

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