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Drop in international mergers and acquisitions

Lowest number of global takeovers in first half of 2010 since 2004

25 June 2010

There has been a sharp decline in international mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity, according to a new report.

Reuters has found that global M&A was worth around $976 billion (£655 billion) in the first half of 2010, its lowest total since the dotcom bubble burst in 2004.

The value of takeovers in Europe was particularly low as firms are less willing to agree to deals during the debt crisis.

The European market fell by 23 per cent year-on-year to $227 billion.

Jeffrey Kaplan, global head of M&A at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, claimed the financial crisis has significantly affected the market.

He told the news provider: "Weighing on the markets have been issues like the European sovereign debt crisis. The BP catastrophe has (also) impacted world markets and will continue to represent an overhang."

Companies that have saved cash reserves during the recession will be able to take advantage of the current market, according to Reuters.

They can take advantage of low-prices to make a bargain investment, or look to expand their operations to untapped markets.

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