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Global mergers and acquisition market grows

M&A worth $1.1trn in first half of 2010

07 July 2010

The global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market has reported strong growth in the last quarter, it has been revealed.

Thompson Reuters report that international M&A was worth $1.1 trillion (£724.8 billion) during the last six months - an increase of nine per cent compared to 2009.

One significant driver of the increase in activity was the growth in emerging markets M&A, which accounted for 32 per cent of global M&A volume, up from 19 per cent.

The energy and power sector was the most active sector, as 19 per cent of all M&A involved companies in the industry.

Neil Masterson, global head of investment banking at Reuters, claimed investment banks would benefit from the increased activity.

He said: "Strong activity in emerging markets and cross border M&A combined with something of a resurgence in financial sponsor activity resulted in M&A re-emerging as the biggest fee driver yet again for investment banks."

Goldman Sachs advised $213.4 billion (£141 billion) worth of deals.

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